about

Youmna Saba (Beirut, 1984) is a musician and musicologist whose current research focuses on the musical dimension(s) of the Arabic language, as a tool to generate new methods of working with electronics.                                        

She released 4 albums to this day and collaborated with musicians of different backgrounds, like Kamilya Jubran (PL), Mike Cooper (GB), Jean Marc Montera (FR), Floy Krouchi (FR), Kyungso Park (SK), among others. 

She took part in international programs and residencies (Hwaeom Residency, South Korea 2017, Sound Development City, 2016, Gyeonggi Creation Center, South Korea 2013...) and is a 3-time laureate of the music residency program at La Cité Internationale des Arts, in Paris (2020-2021).

Youmna holds a master’s degree in Musicology, focusing mainly on the parallels between classical Arabic music and Arabic visual art.

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Al Sobh

Written and performed by Youmna Saba 
for the RELIEF Centre 2021 conference: 
"Working Through Crisis: Innovations, Possibilities and Limitations of Research in a Volatile Lebanon." 

Recorded in March 2021.

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featured track

HUBŪT

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)

latest releases

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.

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Arb'een (40)

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

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NJOUM

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

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in the press

interview on BBC NEWS ARABIC

Talking about my work and projects on BBC News Arabic.

Picture by Zakaria Wakrim

INTERVIEW ON FRANCE 24

NOVEMBER 2018

BBC 4: THE SOUND ODYSSEY

MAY 2018

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Review: Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese Music from the Unexplained Sounds Group.

JANUARY 2019

NTS RADio | featured on the show "are you before"

january 2019

Playlist featuring my track "I Saw You" with Moisés Martìn Flores. 

​​​​​​​LISTEN HERE

contributor's charts | corridors (youmna Saba & nour sokhon)

december 2018

My collaboration with Nour Sokhon "Corridors", is featured among the Wire's contributor Maha El Nabawi's list.

VIEW HERE

You can also read more about her selection HERE (special mention to the members of SODASSI as well)

BBC

PORTRAIT ON DER TAGESSPIEGEL

APRIL 2018

Shows

Previous events

Date Event Location
Jazz à Poitiers Poitiers Poitiers
 —  — School of Sonic Memory Residency Athens Athens
KoncertKirken Copenhaguen Copenhaguen
 —  — Irtijal Festival Berlin Berlin
Francophonies Limoges Limoges
Jazz Festival Freiburg FOYER, E-WERK FOYER, E-WERK
Phonetics Festival Saint Denis Saint Denis
Phonetics Festival Saint Denis Saint Denis
Einstein on the Beach Fetsival Bordeaux Bordeaux
Voice Affairs with Neue Vocalsolisten Akademie der Künste, Berlin Akademie der Künste, Berlin
((OW-AO))#5 SIMONE, Châteauvillain, Châteauvillain SIMONE, Châteauvillain, Châteauvillain
Youmna Saba Med in Torpigna Festival, Rome Med in Torpigna Festival, Rome
Terra Incognita 1: Kamilya Jubran, Floy Krouchi, Youmna Saba Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
Terra Incognita 1: Kamilya Jubran, Floy Krouchi, Youmna Saba Online streaming at banlieuesbleues.org , Saint-Ouen, France Online streaming at banlieuesbleues.org , Saint-Ouen, France
Voice Affairs with Neue Vocalsolisten Eclat Festival, Theaterhaus, Stuttgart Eclat Festival, Theaterhaus, Stuttgart
Istihlal | Concert matinée contemporaine | Césaré Césaré, Dock rémois, Reims, France Césaré, Dock rémois, Reims, France
Marhala 3 - Youmna Saba Auditorium de Pigna, Corse Auditorium de Pigna, Corse
Terra Incognita 1: Kamilya Jubran, Floy Krouchi, Youmna Saba La Dynamo La Dynamo
Intiqal | Youmna Saba Le Parvis, Scène Nationale, Tarbes, Pyrénées Le Parvis, Scène Nationale, Tarbes, Pyrénées
Jalila | Youmna Saba Onomatopoeia the Music Hub, Beirut, Lebanon Onomatopoeia the Music Hub, Beirut, Lebanon

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