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Artistic Director

Wael Kakish - Director
Wael Kakish

A graduate of Yarmouk University in Jordan with a Bachelors Degree in English and American Literature and a minor in Western Classical and Middle Eastern Music, Mr. Kakish is a co-founder of the Kan Zaman Community Ensemble, an educational non-profit musical ensemble, presenting performances, workshops and lecture-demonstrations in "classical and folk Arabic music".  He has been the Artistic Director since its early inception.

Both Kan Zaman and Mr. Kakish have been the recipients of accolades for their contribution to the cultural enrichment of the Arab and American community in the area through lecture-demonstration series, radio, TV and newspaper interviews and articles, and their much-lauded and warmly received concert presentations in Southern and Northern California including performances at full house venues such as the J. Paul Getty museum, LA Convention Center and UCLA's Royce Hall and at the Bing Theatre at the Los Angeles County Museum.

In addition to his responsibility as the artistic director of Kan Zaman, Mr. Kakish teaches "Historical Overview of Arabic Music" and "Music Practicum Ensemble Classes" at Pasadena City College and at the Barnsdall Arts Center in Hollywood. He has also taught classes at Cal Poly University in Pomona, UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State University, Lark World Music Camp in Mendocino, Oakwood School Academy of Creative Education, in addition to directing Aswat Music Ensemble in San Francisco. 

Mr. Kakish is also a performer of Oud (Arabic Lute), Buzuq (long-neck lute) and riqq (fish-skin tambourine).


Kan Zaman
P.O. Box 661551
Arcadia, CA 91066-1551
(626) 720-4511
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