Alev Lenz

© Marcus Duran

Biography

Born and raised between orient and occident, Alev Lenz is the daughter of a Turkish artist and a German businessman. As a songwriter, composer and singer Lenz’s rich catalogue of compositions fuse distinctive musical worlds into something that is authentically hers. Her honest lyrics, instinct for melodic hooks and intriguing harmonics form deep and compelling songs that hold their own on both record and screen.

Back in 2009 Alev released her debut album Storytelling Piano Playing Fräulein, which showcased her talent as a singer-songwriter. Through her sophomore record Two-Headed Girl, co-produced with acclaimed drummer Samuli Kosminen,  Alev continued to explore her diverse set of influences, from European classical to experimental electronics.

While working on material for her forthcoming third LP, Alev Lenz sang and co-wrote the title track of Anoushka Shankar's Grammy-nominated album Land of Gold, as well as composing her breakthrough track Fall Into Me for Charlie Brooker’s Netflix series Black Mirror.  Since Fall Into Me, her voice and writing have been in steady demand. Alev is currently working on her debut feature film score, a commissioned piece for Brooklyn Youth Chorus, as well as writing for Anoushka Shankar´s upcoming album. Her latest single May The Angels found placement in the forthcoming Netflix series DARK Season 2.

This September Alev Lenz shared her third LP 3 via SA Recordings, a brand new London label brought to you by Spitfire Audio and dedicated to supporting music created with real instruments by contemporary composers.

As an artist, Alev Lenz has always danced to her own rhythm. Her incredibly rich experience as a female composer alongside the demands that came with becoming a new mother led Alev to hone in on the most important elements of her craft -   ’The limitations that came with motherhood clearly showed me what to let go of and what to hold on to for dear life. I boiled it down to what the core of me is - my voice and my writing.’ These two elements form the back bone of 3 – an intimate and powerful, self-produced collection of almost entirely acapella songs.

The twelve compositions are bound by Alev’s authentic voice and her rich choral arrangements as sung by Grammy-Award winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. The intricately crafted compositions evoke a primal, almost prayer-like sensibility, whilst also addressing patriarchal oppression and the subsequent heartbreak and disorientation that it leaves in its wake. In our hyper-modern world, burdened as it is with 'content' and constant distractions, Alev’s deeply personal sonic experience offers a contemplative and refreshing alternative. Immensely emotional yet straight to the point, she sets out to transform her reality into her music.

Discography

3, 2019
SA Recordings (Spitfire Audio)
Engineered and produced by Alev Lenz
Mixed by Jas Shaw
Mastered by Guy Davie at Electric Mastering, London

Two-Headed Girl, 2016
Produced by Samuli Kosminen (Mùm, Kronos Quartet, Jonsí) and Alev Lenz
Mixed by Jas Shaw (Simian Mobile Disco)

Storytelling Piano Playing Fräulein, 2009
All songs published by Universal Music Publishing
Produced by Don Philippe
Mixed by Fab at puremix.net, New York City
Mastered by Dave Kutch at The Mastering Palace, New York City

Film

Im Nachtlicht, 2019/20
Directed by Misha Kreuz
Composer Original Score

Dark, 2019 (Season 2)
Directed by Baran bo Odar
Netflix-series
Song "May the Angels"

Der Junge muss an die frische Luft, 2018
Directed by Caroline Link
voice

Black Mirror, 2016
Directed by Charlie Brooker
Netflix-series
Song "Fall Into Me"

König von Deutschland, 2013
Directed by David Dietl
music/performance "Herrenboutique"

The Girl with Nine Wigs (Heute bin ich blond), 2013
Directed by Marc Rothemund
"Song No. 1“

The Dead and the Living (Die Lebenden), 2012
Directed by Barbara Albert
performance "Minuit Passé“

Turkish for Beginners (Türkisch für Anfänger), 2012
Directed by Bora Dagtekin
lyrics/performance "Well“

Bon appétit, 2010
Directed by David Pinillos
lyrics/performance "Guys with Guitars“

Maria, he doesn't like it! (Maria, ihm schmeckt’s nicht!), 2009
Directed by Neele Leana Vollmar
text "It’s You and Me“

The Wild Chicks and Life (Die Wilden Hühner und das Leben), 2009
Directed by Vivian Naefe
lyrics/performance div. songs

A Year ago in Winter (Im Winter ein Jahr), 2008
Directed by Caroline Link
voice

ALBUM

"3"

Music: Alev Lenz

Alev's voice and her writing form the back bone of 3 – an intimate and powerful, self-produced collection of almost entirely acapella songs.

The twelve compositions are bound by Alev’s authentic voice and her rich choral arrangements as sung by Grammy-Award winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. The intricately crafted compositions evoke a primal, almost prayer-like sensibility, whilst also addressing patriarchal oppression and the subsequent heartbreak and disorientation that it leaves in its wake. In our hyper-modern world, burdened as it is with 'content' and constant distractions, Alev’s deeply personal sonic experience offers a contemplative and refreshing alternative. Immensely emotional yet straight to the point, she sets out to transform her reality into her music.

Release date: Sept 27, 2019 (SA Recordings by Spitfire Audio)

FILMSCORE

IM NACHTLICHT

Director: Misha Kreuz
Music: Alev Lenz

Im Nachtlicht tells the story of the outsider Minthe, who becomes the victim of a conspiracy of criminals who have made a pact with a mysterious cave creature and have to fulfill an order…