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Erica Seguine

Erica Seguine is a composer, arranger, conductor, pianist, and educator living in the NYC area. In 2011 she co-founded, with composer Shon Baker, their 21-musician ensemble, the Erica Seguine/Shon Baker Orchestra (ESSBO.) Since then, they have performed all around NYC, including Birdland Jazz Club, the Jazz Gallery, Lunar Faire (a witchy/weird night market/festival), Culture Lab LIC, ShapeShifter Lab, Tea Lounge/Slope Lounge, Grace Church, and had a monthly residency for one year (2013) in Montclair, NJ. In 2017, New York Music Daily has said “In terms of majestic sweep, cinematic scope, and clever outside-of-the-box humor, it’s hard to think of a more interesting group in big band jazz...” They were also written about in a 2019 New York Times article by Giovanni Russonello about the current big band scene. In August 2019, the orchestra went into Oktaven Audio to record their debut album, with Darcy James Argue producing and Brian Montgomery engineering. It will be released March 31, 2023.

In addition to writing for and conducting the jazz orchestra, Erica is also the resident conductor and one of the resident composers of the Meetinghouse Jazz Orchestra, a big band that rehearses new music by emerging composers, as well as traditional big band repertoire, weekly in the city and puts on a few concerts annually. She is also a conductor with The D.O.M.E. Experience, a multimedia experience with dance, film, and studio orchestra, and has also conducted performances with Remy LeBoeuf’s Assembly of Shadows, Meg Okura’s Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, the Joel Harrison Big Band, Sam Blakeslee’s Large Ensemble, and PJ Rasmussen’s Boardwalk Big Band, conducting at venues including: Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland Jazz Club, Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, the Jazz Gallery, City Winery NYC, and many more.

Erica’s compositions/arrangements have also been performed by many other ensembles, including the Metropole Orchestra (The Netherlands), the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, (Los Angeles), the Danish Radio Big Band (Denmark), the Brilliant Corners Large Ensemble (Japan), New York Youth Symphony Jazz (NYC), the J-Orchestra (NYC), the Millenium Jazz Orchestra (The Netherlands), the Zurich Jazz Orchestra (Switzerland), PJ Rasmussen’s Boardwalk Big Band (NYC), Greg Ruvolo’s Big Band (NYC), and many college ensembles. She received the 2013 BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Prize/2014 Manny Albam Commission for “The Ravine”/”...And the Tire Swing Keeps Spinning...”, three ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards, the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Johnny Mandel Prize for “Reel”, three ASCAP Plus Awards, and was one of 8 selected internationally to be part of the 2012 Metropole Orchestra Arranger’s Workshop under Vince Mendoza, with Kurt Elling as soloist.

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Album Review

Erica Seguine: The New Day Bends Light

Read "The New Day Bends Light" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Impegnandosi nel ruolo di produttore, Darcy James Argue dà particolare considerazione al debutto discografico di quest'ensemble, fondato nel 2011 a New York dalle compositrici Erica Seguine e Shon Baker. La prima è anche arrangiatrice e guida dell'orchestra, la seconda entra nel cast come sassofonista. Dopo varie esibizioni in locali chiave della Big Apple, le due leader hanno selezionato sette composizioni originali dal loro repertorio, incidendole con un ampio organico comprendente talentuosi solisti della metropoli. Alcuni di essi ...

Album Review

Erica Seguine/Shon Baker Orchestra: The New Day Bends Light

Read "The New Day Bends Light" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The New Day Bends Light, the debut recording by the twelve-year-old Erica Seguine/Shon Baker Orchestra, is interesting on a number of levels, not the least of which is emotional. The leaders and their twenty-one piece ensemble are clearly committed to the music and do their best to breathe life into each of the album's seven numbers, three of which were written by Seguine, three by Baker and the other ("Ose Shalom") by Nurit Hirsh. Aside from that, there is the ...

Live Review

Erica Seguine / Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra: New York, October 20, 2011

Read "Erica Seguine / Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra: New York, October 20, 2011" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz OrchestraSomethin' Jazz ClubNew York, NYOctober 20, 2011 Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz postulated that the present becomes the past only when a new present emerges. The existence of the contemporary big band--exemplified by restless creativity but a somewhat limited playing capacity--seems to belong to a handful of critically lauded ensembles like Maria Schneider Orchestra, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble. However, as these ensembles begin to receive ...

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“In terms of majestic sweep, cinematic scope, and clever outside-of-the-box humor, it’s hard to think of a more interesting group in big band jazz."- New York Music Daily.

"Vast, multifaceted, semi-abstract compositions that deal in dissonance and overload but often resolve into major-key resplendence."- Giovanni Russonello, New York Times

Primary Instrument

Composer / conductor


New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Teach Beginners through advanced composition and beginner/intermediate piano.


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