Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

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GRAMMY award winning eclectic zydeco-roots-world music. Zydeco: the indigenous music of the French speaking multi racial and multicultural Creoles of South Louisiana. Terrance's fusion incorporates many other music genres creating a rhythmic brew driven by some of the best vocals in roots music.

Biography

For more than 2 decades GRAMMY award winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Creole Zydeco music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience Band, Simien has become a highly respected, internationally recognized touring and recording artist and Cultural Ambassador for his state. He has presented thousands of performances, toured millions of miles to over 40 countries and reached at least a million people during his eventful 25 year career.

Born in 1965 into the hippie folk and soul music era, Simien grew artistically being influenced by all of the great music that has defined our country’s musical legacy, including music from that era. He was as influenced by Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel as he was by Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and the Meters. Of course hailing from one of the first Creole families documented to have settled St. Landry Parish he was deeply affected by the great Zydeco music pioneers like Chenier, Delafose, Chavis, Ardoin and Fontenot to name a few. He counts himself one of the fortunate, as he is the last generation with a direct link to these pioneers, some of whom mentored him as an emerging artist. In turn he has assumed that same role to a new generation of young Zydeco talents. Simien understands how critical mentoring is to the survival of this indigenous music that has become synonymous with the cultural identity of Louisiana as well as the critical contributions it has made to the musical landscape of this country.

At the young age of 18 Simien began touring professionally full time and by 20 he was sharing the stage with Fats Domino and Sarah Vaughn at the Bern Jazz Festival. It just exploded from there and Terrance remains a pivotal part of Zydeco music history because when he began his career in the early 1980's there were only 2 emerging bands touring nationally. It was quite simply the young Terrance and the Sam Brothers who were perpetuating the traditional indigenous zydeco roots music of their musical forefathers. He became a critical part of the "renaissance" of a music genre that was in jeopardy of dying off. Clifton Chenier had passed away in 1987 and by the end of the 1990’s all of the Zydeco pioneers had also died, leaving Terrance as one of the most experienced, talented and knowledgeable to carry the Zydeco music torch.

Simien is blessed with an extraordinary talent that expresses the deepest human emotions through the original instrument: The Voice. His eclectic fusion of Zydeco takes you on a multicultural musical tour of the world. Incorporating diverse music styles he creates a hypnotic blend of Zydeco-roots- New Orleans funk-reggae flavored- Afro-Caribbean-world music that will force you out of your seat and onto the dance floor. He has found a way to express himself as a relevant and evolving artist who remains reverent to his roots and musical legacy. His live performances have garnered him a level of international success and his fully engaged audiences around the globe have become more Zydeco Experienced than ever before!
During the past 25 years Simien has shared studio and stage with Robert Palmer, Stevie Wonder, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, the Meters, Alan Toussaint, Paul Simon and Dave Matthews Band to name a few. He has been featured in dozens of films, including the blockbuster hit “The Big Easy”, TV movies and commercials. His music has been heard on public radio and featured on FM syndicated radio shows that have been heard by millions worldwide. His recordings have been praised by Rolling Stone, Billboard, other notable music industry publications and major daily newspapers.

In 2005 he became the first Zydeco artist to perform in Cuba for the US State Department. In 2006, Carnegie Hall sent him and his band to Mali, West Africa to present “Creole for Kidz & The History of Zydeco” as part of a unique distance learning program entitled Global Encounters. 2007 offered another global opportunity and a rare Creole cultural exchange and tour with the US State Department to Mauritius, Rodrigues and Seychelles where he connected his own Creole culture with the indigenous Creole/Kreol population of these countries. He and his band were the first American artists to perform in Rodrigues, a country of 40,000 people with a Creole culture still in tact.

He has received countless awards, grants and recognition for his artistry as well as his contributions to help raise the professional standards by mentoring his fellow and emerging artists about the music industry. He worked closely with HBO producers and was seen on the HBO documentary film “The Music in Me: Children’s Recitals from Classical to Latin, Jazz to Zydeco ” featuring the young Guyland Leday, whom he purchased a custom made accordion for. Simien was then featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show with Guyland. In 2008 The Louisiana Office of Tourism selected Simien as one of their Louisiana celebrities

Lyrics

Ta Pa Gonne Avec Ca Remix

Written By: Terrance Simien

Title, Creole French translates "I'm not going with that" other lyrics in French mean "Every day is not the same thing". and a phrase he used in a TV commercial for Louisiana Tourism.

Discography

The Big Easy Soundtrack, 1987
Zydeco on the Bayou, 1990
Alligator Stomp II, 1991
Zydeco Party, 1992
There's Room For Us All, 1993
Alligator Stomp V, 1995
Live From Mountain Stage, 1996
Jam the Jazzfest, 1998
Ga Ga for Ya Ya: Zydeco Madness, 1999
Positively Beadhead, 1999
Best of Byron Bay Blues Festival, 2000
Rollin Into Memphis: The Songs of John Hiatt, 2000
The Tribute Sessions, 2001
Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco, 2004
Across The Parish Line, 2006
Live!Worldwide, 2007, Grammy Award Winning
City That care Forgot, Dr. John & The Lower 911, 2008, track: Save Our Wetlands

Set List

1-90, 1-75, 1-60, 2-60's or 2-75's.
Set list varies. 70% original.
Covers are New Orleans standards, roots, world music, funk and reggae, The Band, Dylan, Bob Marley, Taj Mahal, etc.