I am a musician, composer and musicologist born in Beirut, Lebanon. My current research focuses on the interrelation between the (sung) Arabic language and electronic and electroacoustic treatments. This research started with the project Taïma’, developped throughout artistic residencies in France, since 2020.
It has been deployed over different projects, from musical compositions, solo and collaborations, music for films, experimentations on imagined devices for voice and oud and sound installations.
I collaborated with the NeuVocalsolisten ensemble from Stutgart, Kamilya Jubran, Mike Cooper, Stephen O’Malley, Jean Marc Montera, Tarek Atoui, Kyungso Park among others, and took part in many international artist residencies such as la Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris 2020-2021), Sharjah Foundation (2022), School for Sonic Memory organised by Le Mucem, Onassis Stegi and Theatrum Mundi (2022), GMEM (Marseille 2020), Césaré CNCM (Reims 2020-2021), Hwaeom Spiritual Music Residency (South Korea, 2017), Sound Development City (Spain, Morocco, 2016), Gyeonggi Creation Center (South Korea, 2013).
I recently completed my project La Reserve des Non-Dits which was the selected project for the 1st edition of the Sound Residency at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, 2023.
I performed at festivals such as CTM festival in Berlin (2022), Eclat festival in Stuttgart (2021), Irtijal in Beirut and Berlin (2021-2022), as well as venues and cultural spaces like Fondation Pinault (Paris) with Tarek Atoui in 2021, l’Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris), Akademie Der Kunst in Berlin, Cave12 (Genève), Gugak Center in Seoul, amongst others.
I hold a masters degree in musicology (2014), from Antonine University, Baabda, Lebanon
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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