"When you get right down to it, SEPIA is about brownness: a color and a vibe that stems from pure blackness, surviving through senseless yet strengthening darkness, and stretching with determination toward sunshine and the light," writes A. Scott Galloway in the liner notes for SEPIA's debut recording "Absence Of Pain". Released in early '96 in the US and in September '96 in Asia on the Nippon/Columbia label, Absence of Pain features the vocal stylings of four seasoned and gifted session singers: Zenzalai (a.k.a. Lenora Helm), Marlon D. Saunders, Rosa Russ and Arif St. Michael.
SEPIA has toured and performed to enthusiastic SRO audiences in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. The group has performed in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Washington, DC, Maryland and New York in numerous concert halls, jazz festivals, colleges and universities. SEPIA has opened for such artists as B.B. King, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jennifer Holiday, Nona Hendrix, Jon Lucien and Najee. They can also be heard on the recording of Verve Records' fusion group Sixun from France, R&B/Soul, BMG recording artist, A.S.A.P., King Records "A Tribute To Carpenter" and Evidence Records' jazz guitarist/producer Jiro Yoshida. Television appearances include Good Morning America and The McCreary Report.
"It's time for all of us to come to our senses - for folks to get back to gettin' down in the sunshine. SEPIA is a touchstone and a travel brochure to brownness that is at the essence of us all." - A. Scott Galloway