Lebanese musician, producer, and sound engineer Fadi Tabbal’s work consists of guitar pieces ranging from stripped acoustics to ambient and electronic-inspired treatments. He has released 4 solo albums since 2013.
Often referred to as “the hardest-working man in Lebanon’s alternative music scene,” Tabbal relocated to Beirut in 2006, following studies in sound engineering in Montreal, Canada; he promptly established Tunefork Recording Studios, a specialized work-space which offers customized services including full band recordings, live sound, music production and composition.
Tabbal is a full-time member of several Lebanese bands: psychedelic rock band The Incompetents, punk band Scrambled Eggs, electronic duo Stress/Distress, and was previously part of pop group Safar, indie rock outfit Interbellum, and singer-songwriter Youmna Saba's project. His newest project The Bunny Tylers (with Charbel Haber) veers between drone, electronics, post-rock and noise rock.
He has collaborated with some of the most renowned Lebanese and international acts in today's contemporary alternative music scene, including Asil Ensemble, Mike Cooper, Postcards, Sharif Sehnaoui, Praed, Kinematik, The Wanton Bishops and Oiseaux-Tempete, to name but a few.
In addition to handling engineering and production tasks at Tunefork Studios, Tabbal is a specialist in sound design and conception. He has worked on a variety of projects through the years, including sound and music installations for Lebanese art ensemble The Feel Collective, Nada Kano's Beirut Dance Studio, Petra Serhal, Sursock Museum, as well as music and sound design for films by Maher Abi-Samra, Rania Rafei, Roy Deeb, Chadi Aoun, Nadim Tabet, among others.
He has been the technical director of Irtijal, the region’s leading experimental music festival, since 2011 and has been teaching sound at the Académie Libanaise Des Beaux-Arts since 2012.
Photos on the site by cyrille karam, Josette ZOoz Khalil, Rachel Tabet, Tanya Traboulsi.