About Kan Zaman
An independent non-profit organization in Southern California, Kan Zaman is comprised of volunteer musicians, singers and staff from diverse backgrounds. Kan Zaman's mission is to preserve, educate and entertain the general public by performing a unique, pure and quality traditional Arabic music. Since its formation in 1994 Kan Zaman has performed in various cultural events including major universities in the area, the Los Angeles convention center, public television and cable recordings, as well as various museums and international festivals. Recently performed at the J. P. Getty museum, UCLA's Royce Hall, Town Hall Seattle and finally the World Sacred Music Festival of the Americas.
Kan Zaman has often collaborated or been sponsored by other
organizations, artists, colleges and student associations.
About the music
Kan Zaman Community Ensemble performs classical and traditional folk songs from various Arab countries. The group plays traditional musical instruments such as the qanun (zither), 'ud (lute), nay (reed flute), kaman (violin), riqq (tambourine) and darabukkah (goblet drum). Our programs feature a number of waslat (suites) using different maqamat (modes). The wasla (suite) starts with an instrumental introduction, taqsim instrumental improvisation), mawwal (vocal improvisation) and a medley of songs performed by the chorus and solo vocalists. The performances include muwashshahat, a form of poetic songs started around the ninth century in Arab Spain. The muwashshahat performed by the group are the ones encountered in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. This form of muwashshahat is different from the Nuba and the Maluf of North Africa. The ones encountered in the Middle East evolve from a certain form of poetry that has three to four lines. In addition to muwashshahat, the group performs songs of major artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries such as Muhammad 'Uthman, Sayyid Darwish, M. Abdel Wahab, Umm Kalthum, Farid AlnAtrash, Asmahan, Fairuz and many others. The group also performs traditional folk songs from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Iraq, and the Arabian Gulf.
P.O. Box 661551
Arcadia, CA 91066-1551
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