About

Alev Lenz is a German-Turkish songwriter, composer and singer. Lenz’s rich catalogue of compositions fuse distinctive musical worlds into something that is authentically hers - compelling songs for 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 LP ‘3’, Alev Lenz composed her breakthrough track 'Fall Into Me' for Charlie Brooker’s Netflix series 'Black Mirror'. Most recently Alev’s single ‘May the Angels’ from ‘3’ featured on season two of critically-acclaimed Netflix series ‘Dark’. The series features songs from Peter Gabriel, Agnes Obel and Apparat, with a score composed by Ben Frost. Since 'Fall Into Me', her voice and writing have been in steady demand. Alev recently worked on her debut feature film score, a commissioned piece for Grammy-award winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, as well as writing and co-producing for Anoushka Shankar´s EP 'Love Letters' and contributing vocals to Volker Bertelmann's score for the US-drama 'Downhill' and Netflix-blockbuster 'The Old Guard'.

As well as her work as a composer, Alev has been working in close collaboration with Anoushka Shankar, featuring on her Grammy-nominated album ‘Land of Gold’ and more recently writing, performing and co-producing songs on Shankar's EP 'Love Letters' which culminated in three sold out shows with Shankar at London’s Southbank Centre in December 2019.

Lenz’s latest solo album ‘3’ was released on SA Recordings in September 2019. The record 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. 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 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. The songs explore both the personal and the political in her quest to better understand the breakdown of a relationship, motherhood and patriarchal constructs.

Alongside the release of the album there is a 20 patch Alev Lenz - ‘3’ sample library. Alev worked in close collaboration with Spitfire Audio to create a library that features an interactive album element as well as unique sounds inspired by her work as a composer. This is the first in a series of products tied in with SA album releases which focuses on releasing artist-led sample libraries.

Future plans include touring with a different chorus in various cities. Inspired by a theatre piece written by David Greig, the concept began with a premiere performance of four album tracks featuring Brooklyn Youth Chorus. A second live performance was held at Spitfire Audio’s London Head Quarters featuring Roomful of Teeth, followed by a third live performance with singers from London Contemporary Voices at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival. Without rehearsals, Alev´s desire to cultivate trust between performers and audience is a giant leap into the moment. So far '3' has been performed with Roomful Of Teeth, Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the London Contemporary Voices.