The New Edge
The New Edge features 2 hours each week of mostly instrumental creative new music, composed and improvised at the intersection of classical, jazz, and world styles. The show often features interviews with musicians, composers, and presenters. Past interviewees have included John Abercrombie, Sarah Cahill, Eric Chasalow, Marc Copland, Chick Corea, Simone Dinnerstein, the El Arabi-Serghini Trio, George Garzone, Tigran Hamasayan, John Harbison, Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck, Zakir Hussein, Vijay Iyer, Kayhan Kalhor, Ottmar Liebert, Charles Lloyd, Tod Machover, Delfeayo Marsalis, Donny McCaslin, Myra Melford, Roger Miller, Butch Morris, Gil Rose, Mathew Rosenblum, Adam Rudolph, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jake Shimabukuro, Tomasz Stanko, Bob Stenson, Colin Stetson, Steve Swallow, David Torn, Ralph Towner, and Evan Ziporyn.
Host Ken Field is a saxophonist, flautist, and composer. He leads the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, an experimental & improvisational brass band, and is a longtime member of the electronic modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. His solo releases document his work for layered saxophones and his soundtracks for dance and film. Field was named a 2017 Finalist in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He has performed in the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, & Japan, and has been awarded residency fellowship grants at the MacDowell Colony (NH), the Ucross Foundation (Wyoming), the Fundación Valparaíso (Spain), and the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida). Field composed & produced soundtracks for many of the animated films by his late wife, Karen Aqua, and for Bridgman/Packer Dance. His music is also heard regularly on the children’s television program Sesame Street. In addition to hosting “The New Edge”, Field is President of the Board of Directors of Tutoring Plus of Cambridge, Member of the HONK! Festival Organizing Committee, President of the Board of Directors of JazzBoston, and Former member & chair of the Cambridge Bicycle Committee. Field lives in Cambridge and Truro.