Elegant but shapeshifting original compositions and a quirky sense of humor (and a Bach tango), a pleasant change from your usual big band fare. (New York Music Daily)
Seguine and Baker approached big band like a live oil painting. Colors were arranged by vibrancy and emotional content, not necessarily by section (high instruments with other high instruments, for example). The co-leaders took a controlled but liberalized approach to big band, where Bach, Dave Holland and the poetry of Rainier Marie Rilke are all fair game. (Dan Lehner, All About Jazz)
Stylistically, Seguine's compositions went all over the map: "Amor Apasionado" was a divine bossa that evoked Jobim without resorting to cheesy strings; the closer "Departures" echoed the soaring stuff Maria Schneider has been gracing us with; and "A Quaint Acquaintance" was Old School Big Band made genuine by some classic sounds from the woodwind section. (J Hunter, Albanyjazz.com).
Then the pace slows again with ‘C Minor Waltz.’ Its combination of a lightly swinging motion and distinctly minor-key atmosphere is unusual—sweet and sour like some good Szechuan dishes. (Ron Bierman, JazzReview.com)
Erica Seguine originally from Albany, NY, is a composer, arranger, and pianist currently living and creating music in the NYC area. There she co-leads an 18-musician big band with composer, saxophonist, and woodwindist Shannon Baker (the Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra), which has performed in NYC clubs such as ShapeShifter Lab, the Brooklyn Tea Lounge, Somethin' Jazz Club (former Miles Cafe), and Trumpets Jazz Club. They also, for a year, held a monthly residency at the tea shop InsaniTea in Montclair, NJ. Her original compositions and arrangements have also been performed by musicians around the world, including the Metropole Orchestra, the Millenium Jazz Orchestra, the Zurich Jazz Orchestra, the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Studio Orchestra, the BMI-NY Jazz Orchestra, Todd Coolman's Quintet, and the Empire State Youth Jazz Ensemble.
Some recent accomplishments include winner of the 2013 BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Competition/Manny Albam Commission, a First Music Commission for the New York Youth Symphony's Jazz Band Classic, 1st Place in the 2009 International Zurich Jazz Orchestra Composer Competition, and 2014 and 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards. In 2012, she was one of 8 arrangers selected internationally to attend that year's Metropole Orchestra Arranger's Workshop, where she got to write an arrangement for renowned jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and the Metropole Orchestra, conducted by Vince Mendoza. She has also been a participant in the Women in Music Festival in Rochester, NY for three years as composer/pianist/conductor, and her arrangement of “Sweet Georgia Brown” was played at the Rochester International Jazz Festival Scholarship Concert in June 2007.
Erica received a BM in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media- writing (composition) concentration at the Eastman School of Music, graduating with high distinction. While at Eastman she studied jazz composition with Bill Dobbins and jazz piano with Harold Danko. She has taken individual lessons/master classes with Fred Hersch, David Berger, John Clayton, Paul Ferguson, Maria Schneider, and Jeff Beal. She received her MM in Jazz Arranging at William Paterson University studying with Rich DeRosa, Jim McNeely, and Film Scoring with Raymond Torres-Santos.