Faisal is an Arabic percussionist, an Arabic drummer, and drum teacher. Born in Lebanon and raised in Syria, Faisal plays Derbakki, Riqq, and frame drums from Arabic and Middle Eastern music genres. He teaches Arabic drumming traditions focused in Syria and Egypt. He has been teaching and performing a wide range of Arabic, Middle eastern, Central Asian and Eastern European music. He has been residing in California since 1991.