Classes in songwriting, accordion and Cajun and zydeco music history are available at the University of Louisiana Lafayette during the Spring 2012 semester.   Teachers include Kristi Guillory, David Egan and Al Berard according to Dr. Mark DeWitt, head of the traditional music program at ULL.  Classes begin January 12, 2012, so register now!

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The California Council for the Humanities has awarded a $30,000 grant for a radio program entitled Zydeco in California (scroll down to view).  As the grant description says:  “Zydeco in California is a one-hour, character-driven radio documentary on the zydeco community of northern California. The project explores issues surrounding the assertion and maintenance of ethnic identity through the re-creation of the musical culture of one’s original home. Zydeco artists such as Queen Ida, Ray Stevens and André Thierry will be interviewed.”  Let’s hope it’s widely distributed.

To learn more on this topic, see my friend Mark DeWitt’s book Cajun and zydeco dance music in Northern California : Modern pleasures in a post-modern world.