Youmna Saba (Beirut 1984) is a musician, composer, and musicologist. She holds a Master’s degree in musicology from Antonine University in Lebanon. Her current research deals with the relationship between electroacoustic music and the Arabic language in its sung form. These explorations manifest themselves in various projects, ranging from musical composition for her solo project, collaborations, and film music to electroacoustic experiments on new devices designed for voice and her instrument, the oud.
She has notably performed at the CTM festival in Berlin (2022), the Éclat festival in Stuttgart, the Akademie Der Kunst in Berlin, and the Internationales Musikinstitut in Darmstadt with the NeueVocalsolisten ensemble (2021). She also appeared at the Bourse du Commerce in Paris as part of Tarek Atoui’s installation (2021), the Phonetics festival with Stephen O’Malley (2021), the Zebrures d’Automne festival in Limoges, and the Gugak Center in Seoul with Kyungso Park and Chang Jaeho, among others. She
has been part of several collaborative projects, including Terra Incognita with Kamilya Jubran and Floy Krouchi (2020-2022).
She is the laureate of the first sound residency at the Musée du Quai Branly with her project “La Réserve des Non-Dits” (2022-2024) and has participated in artist residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris 2020-2021), Sharjah Art Foundation (2021), Voce CNCM (2020), GMEM (2020), Césaré CNCM (2020-2021), Hwaeom Spiritual Music Residency (South Korea, 2017), Sound Development City (Spain, Morocco, 2016), and Gyeonggi Creation Center (South Korea, 2013). Her fifth solo album, “Wishah,” was released on the
label Touch in 2023.
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Based on "La Chute", by Albert Camus
Written and performed by Youmna Saba
Concrete sound "WOODEN STAIRS _ going down", from Radio Mansion sound bank
Recorded and mixed by Fadi Tabbal, at Tunefork
2018, Beirut, Lebanon
Written for the project Radio Mansion, a collaboration between The Outpost and Mansion (Beirut)
ANTHOLOGY OF ELECTROACOUSTIC LEBANESE MUSIC
A COMPILATION BY UNEXPLAINED SOUNDS GROUP | RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2018
Two tracks of mine were featured in this compilation "Nafas" & "Hubut", along other works by Lebanese musicians in the experimental scene.
released may 2017
Written, arranged and performed by Youmna Saba / Recorded and mixed by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Recording Studios, Lebanon / Mastered by Lopazz at Mixmastering, Germany / Produced by Youmna Saba and Fadi Tabbal (Tunefork) / Album cover illustration and design by Joseph Kai
released september 2014
Written and performed by Youmna Saba / Arranged by Youmna Saba & Fadi Tabbal / Track 5 by Fadi Tabbal / Recorded and mixed by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Recording Studios, Lebanon / Mastered by Lopazz at Mixmastering, Germany / Produced by Youmna Saba and Fadi Tabbal (Tunefork) / Album cover illustration and design by Joseph Kai