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  • December 4th, 2022

    WNYC New Sound Interview with live music!

    This is such a special show for me, please have a listen! John Schaefer has been a supporter for the longest time and I am so grateful for his artistry and craft of looking for new music, joining the dots and bringing people together. I feel very honoured to have his support and this most recent, our second interview to date, really filled my heart with joy. He is an exquisite radio host, one of the rare kind. Listen to everything he does ;) And I got to play live ! First, an extra special performance of "Fall Into Me" with my ...
  • We see Alev lying on the floor with her hairs spread out and tuning forks arranged like a sun dial around her head, on top of her hair. She smiles a gentle smile, wearing a checkered and flower patterned blouse. The floor is white, it is a white quilt but barely noticable as such.
    November 2nd, 2022

    New Profile Pic!

    Maybe you have already seen that I shared a brand new picture :D it is also in my about section and of course in the gallery. The fantastic Anja Schütz took it this summer in Massachusetts, in North Adams to be exact. The tuning forks are the forks Roomful Of Teeth have used for their rendition of 7 Planets - based on my choral arragements for Milky Way. I got them from the wonderful Fritz at planetware.de !
    He is also from Munich, something I didn't know when researching where I might find tuning forks "out of tune" a ...

  • We see a render of the Lincol Center in New York early evening hours, the sky slightly dim, a brand new building with large glass panels between 7 columns, lit from inside with peope inside and outside on the sidewalk infront of it
    October 25th, 2022

    New piece for BYC and NYC premiere!

    I am thrilled to be musically returning to NYC and to have had the honour to write again for Brooklyn Youth Chorus. I can not tell you how much I enjoy and appreciate it to be able to share my music with these young women and to write for their voices. Thank you for having me, yet again ;) On October 29 at 11:30am, Brooklyn Youth Chorus will be celebrating the new David Geffen Hall, as a part of their Open House weekend, with a wide variety of world-class artists, turning every corner of the building into a stage. Brooklyn Youth Chorus ...
  • September 27th, 2022

    3 4 3 - Happy Birthday 3!!!

    On this day in 2019 I released '3' - the first LP and sample library release on SA Recordings! 3 is a collection of twelve almost completely acapella songs exploring relationships, empowerment, motherhood and the patriarchy.⁠

    To celebrate the third birthday of 3 SA Recordings I am so pleased to be able to bring you new music in form of a remix EP, '343', made with the help of three wonderful women, Nyokabi Kariũki (finally her winning RECOMPOSE competition version of Fishermen is released online:) ) , Sandunes and Lisel!
    Find the EP here: orcd.co/343alevlenz

  • We see the movie poster for the short film ‘Gut, danke.’ This title we also see in white letters top left. The poster itself is grey and we see two faces melting into one in the middle. A man to the left; we see two photos of the father in the movie going through the emotions from rage to depression to probably acceptance , melted in with his daughter face displaying the same expressions from right to Center
    September 9th, 2022

    New Release!

    I have new music out today! ‘Gut, Danke.’ is a wonderful, touching and gentle short film about grief. I wrote a couple of songs based on the script and talks with the team before they started filming and the piece ‘Depression’ perfectly sit on scene during editing. The music and acting melted into one another and we didn’t change a note ! Then in another scene one of the main characters, the daughter, plays the piano all by herself lost in thought. I only saw her fingers glistening across a few notes and worked backwards from it. I wanted the piano play...
  • On a large wite square we see two hand passing a root vegetable with greens growing out of it and two weaver birds in the top right and lower left corner infront of a smaller square depicting the blue sky with white clouds
    September 2nd, 2022

    Show for Nyokabi Kariũki

    I sure hope you remember the winner of the Recompose competition from 2020 Nyokabi Kariũki ! As you know, she also released her debut record not too long after on out now mutual label SA Records! And now the first live show for this record is coming up. She asked me to sing with her for this very first show and I feel very honoured to usher the record in with her onto the stage! Come say hi! Tickets here !

  • We see 7 rectangles , portraits of composers, stacked on top of each other, three above showing Angélica Negrón, inti figgis-vizueta and Rose Bond,  four below showing Leilehua Lanzilotti, Gabriel Kahane, Nathalie Joachim and Alev Lenz.
    August 16th, 2022

    Roomful Of Teeth and Friends !

    I am delighted to join Roomful Of Teeth at their residency this year at MassMoca as once of their composers for new work. Which they will indeed perform for the very first time tomorrow at MassMoca (aka the most awesome place).

    Read a little about the residency here: Berkshire Eagle

    And find some more info about the show here: MassMoca.org

    For my pieces we needed planetary tuning forks as they are not in concert pitch and we need to tune to the planets instead. The image you can see below is a resonator I have built just for this...

  • June 24th, 2022

    Anoushka's wonderful new single

    The incomparable Anoshka Shankar has a new song out today, announcing an upcoming album!
    The song Land of Gold (originally the title-track of her 2016 Grammy-nominated album) is out now in a lush new orchestral avatar via Leiter Verlag.

    Credits:
    Performed by: Anoushka Shankar, Manu Delago, Metropole Orkest and conductor Jules Buckley.
    Composed by: Anoushka Shankar, Manu Delago and me
    New orchestral arrangement by: Jules Buckley

    Enjoy and also find it on my collabs Spotify playlist which is ever growing and changing!

  • June 17th, 2022

    'Eggshell' movie debut!

    If you catch this movie, see if you can spot my song 'Eggshell' ! How very fitting for it to appear in a movie about Peter Pan and growing up - or not ;)
    The Lost Girls directed by Livia De Paolis starring Joely Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Iain Glen, Julian Ovenden, Louis Partridge and more is out now! And 'Eggshell' is here (or any other of your favorite streaming service)!

  • We see a white ampersand on a red circular background and in bolx black letters next to it the company name Wise Music group while group is italic and not bold
    May 31st, 2022

    I signed a thing

    I am delighted to join the Bosworth and Wise music international family and such an inspiring, impressive and diverse roster. I wish that together we further connect my musical worlds and expand the network of connections to spark new and exciting musical electricity!

    Read more at CMU (EN) or MusikWoche (DE).

    xx
    Alev