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Youmna Saba (lb/fr) + rosyán (dk/ir) at Koncertkirken

Courtesy of JazzDanmark | Posted on June 6, 2024


Blågårds Plads 6 A
3332 9818


Wed, September 18, 2024

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Youmna Saba (lb/fr)

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.

Accompanying her mesmeric vocals, Saba plays the oud with a special digital extension that she developed as part of a research project. This attachment uses integrated synthesized electronics that amplify the subtle haptic vibrations of the oud’s fingerboard and its hidden resonances that often slip by the human ear. On her most recent album Wishah (2023), meaning “veil” in Arabic, this can be heard in full force. Wriggling strings and creaking fingerboards careen through songs such as “Ba'oud,” while droning subterranean tones rumble in “Al khayal,” perforated by the clarity of Saba’s voice. Electroacoustic in its truest sense, the music feels much like a collaboration between something synthetic and something deeply human. ...

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