About

Alev Lenz is a singer, songwriter, composer and producer. Based in London, she dug her heels into the ground to plant her own musical sign post – somewhere between sophisticated pop, etheral "vocal-scapes" and music honouring her heritage outside of the 12-tone scale. Daughter of a turkish actor, activist and artist and an Oscar winning german engineer, Alev – who's name translates into flame - has always danced to her own rhythm. Her 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 on record and screen.

Soloing school choirs, recording radio plays, travelling TV stages to big festivals with a rock outfit by her own name, Alev started her journey early to reach her now well over 10,000 hours and in 2009 she 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 and mixed by now long-time collaborator Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, Alev continued to explore her diverse set of influences, from European classical to experimental electronics.

While working on material for her latest record ‘3’, Alev composed her breakthrough track 'Fall Into Me' for Charlie Brooker’s Netflix series 'Black Mirror'. Her single ‘May the Angels’ from ‘3’ featured on season two of critically-acclaimed Netflix series ‘Dark’. ‘Splendid Soldiers’, Fall Into Me’s album version, has also been featured on ‘The Rain’ (Netflix) while ‘Pieces’ of the same record has even been prominently featured twice on SKY’s series ‘Funeral For A Dog’.‘3’ was released on the label arm of music tech company Spitfire Audio alongside a 20 patch Alev Lenz - ‘3’ best selling and five star reviewed sample library, the first in the acclaimed music tech company whole new series of artist-led sample libraries.

The record itself is comprised of 12 songs which are predominantly carried by voice alone and exhibit the artist’s courage to push the tonal palette of pop music into risky and truthful directions. 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.

Since 'Fall Into Me', her voice and writing have been in steady demand. Alev recently finished her debut feature film score, several commissioned pieces for Grammy-award winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus and contributing vocals to Oscar-winning composer Volker Bertelmann's scores for the US-drama 'Downhill' and Netflix-blockbusters like 'The Old Guard', ‘Stowaway’ and ‘Against The Ice’.

Alev is frequently working in close collaboration with other artists, most famously with Martin Phipps who called her in to write the original song for “Black Mirror” and calls her the “queen of simplicity”. And renowned sitarist and 9-time Grammy-Nominee Anoushka Shankar, with whom Alev co-wrote the title track for the Grammy-nominated album ‘Land of Gold’ as well as co-writing and co-producing Shankar's latest album 'Love Letters' - which culminated in three sold out shows with Shankar at London’s Southbank Centre in December 2019 and a Grammy-nomination for the 63rd GRAMMY Awards. In 2021, on occasion of the gala concert at Krakow Film Music Festival, her composition for the Netflix-series Black Mirror was performed.

Seeking out unique artistic collaborations continuously informs Alev's work. After performing pieces from her latest album ‘3’ at Kaufman Music Center in NYC, Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus commissioned her to write a piece for their project She Is Called: Dear Stranger. A tone poem, a letter between friends and strangers, and an exploration of gender, identity, and longing by a community of extraordinary young artists.

In 2022 Alev wrote seven vocal pieces for Grammy-Award winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth developed at MassMoca and sung during their summer residency which premiered to a standing ovation at the Barbican Center in London in October 2023. Her second commissioned piece for Brooklyn Youth Chorus premiered at the NYPHIL Open Weekend at Geffen Hall and two more new works for the choir premiered in May 2023 in NYC during Ecstatic Festival. And her piece 'Truth is told, not fed' was recently performed by Brooklyn Youth Chorus at the UN for the 2023 Youth Event for the International Day of Peace and Alev is currently one of two of Brookly Youth Chorus' first ever composers in residency for the season on 2023/24.

Her releases showcase her keen sense for a body of work as a whole. Her first Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “Im Nachtlicht” features 15 commissioned cue video and a lyric video, and an her latest EP called 'Milky Way' features 4 distinguished composer alongside multiple of her own digital artworks.

Outside of music Alev follows her artistic calling in multiple ways, from mentoring, creating album artworks to directing her own music videos, painting and exhibiting her artworks and creating ways to nurture new talent; like founding the REcompose Competition at Spitfire Audio's former label SA Recordings, now in it's third iteration. Alev has also be invited to speak at prestigious educational institutions like USC Thornton School Of Music in Los Angeles and Trinity Laban in London and NYU in New York.

Alev released new work in 2023 with long time collaborator Jas Shaw gearing up for an album release in early 2024 and she is currently working on her fourth album, more commissioned vocal work, two musicals and a two-women satirical music show among other projects.

Awards & Nominations:
2022 Between US GRAMMY Nominiation (role: songwriter)
2020 Love Letters GRAMMY Nomination (role: producer, songwriter, vocalist, musician, engineer)
2016 Land Of Gold GRAMMY Nomination (role: songwriter, vocalist)

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