Balkan Music &
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Virtual Camp

While we regret the cancelation of both our Mendocino and Iroquois Springs workshops due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to have presented our first-ever, completely online Virtual Camps, each with three days of immersive classes, live-music performances, and community gatherings. Virtual Camp West Coast (July 17-19, 2020) was a great success, with 350 people registered. Our East Coast Virtual Camp (August 14-16) is now complete, with over 380 attendees!

Registration is now closed for both camps. Stay tuned for more EEFC-sponsored virtual events & classes!


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Faisal Zedan

Hand Percussion

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Oum Dbaib, Syria, Faisal Zedan grew up impassioned with the derbekki drum. At the age of 15, he embarked on a journey of learning through exposure to a wide repertoire of Arabic classical and contemporary music. A great love for drumming and years of practice resulted in his mastery of Arabic percussion instruments including derbekki, dahullah, riq and def (Arabic/Turkish frame drum).

Arriving in California in 1992, Faisal met UCLA’s noted ethnomusicology professor Dr‭. ‬Ali Jihad Racy and, at his invitation, joined the acclaimed UCLA Near East Music Ensemble. This was the beginning of a national and international musical career dedicated to the transformative power of rhythm. Faisal is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and works regularly as a performer, collaborator, and teacher.

Faisal’s playing embodies the elements essential to Arabic drumming‭ combined with a deep understanding of complex Arabic musical structures‭. ‬From the classical Muwashahat and Adwar style, to folkloric traditions‭, to belly dance, Faisal is studied and nuanced in his solo, ensemble, and accompaniment playing. As a master percussionist, Faisal studies and performs various Arabic styles of music and drumming, from Moroccan to Iraqi, including music of the Arab peninsula and Yemen. He is well-versed and adept in Middle Eastern and Eastern European musical traditions, moving fluently between Turkish, Armenian, Persian, Afghan, Balkan, and Greek rhythms. Faisal’s unique approach to percussion is strongly rooted in the fundamentals of technique and cadence, with dexterity for incorporating a contemporary feel and creating new, nuanced compositions.

Faisal has worked with a diverse array of musicians including Airto Moreira, The Gorillaz, Joan Baez, Miriam Peretz, Khalil Shaheed, Yuval Ron, Selim Sesler, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Hasan Iskul, Yair Dalal, and Rumen Shopov.

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