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  • 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

  • Full moon in a red tint on a black sky, in handwriting written acorss 'What If I wait for tomorrow?'
    May 13th, 2022

    What If I Wait Lyric Video OUT NOW!

    It's here! The lyric video for "What If I Wait" is here!

    The movie’s title theme is visually captured by Amy Chiniara, Illustrator & graphic designer and Ali J. Dalloul, Editor, filmmaker and video essayist, from Beirut in an incredibly touching piece of work.

    Amy Chiniara is a Lebanese freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Beirut. She works on different projects, from layout, to poster and logo design, and editorial illustration and comics. She recently animated a music video for Palestinian artist Ruba Shamshoum for her song “Winti Hon”.

  • A collage of different images, most prominent in the middle a New York traffic light on it's head, we can read half the street sign saying WAY on it's head - cut out letters M I L K Y on top of the rest of the street sign creating the album name Milky Way. To the right we see tiles with animals to the left part of a flower and diamonds, the edges of the images colored with purple paint. There is glitter all across the image and a starry night image to the back.
    April 12th, 2022

    Milky Way is OUT TODAY!

    ‘Milky Way’ is here!!!! This record was born out of the search for healing and friendship, kinship and joy. A friend, Violeta Vicci, sensed my yearning and offered her healing instrument and writing. Together Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus were born. Soon after my friends closest to me, especially during the pandemic, offered their generous spirit and talent. The stars aligned and Mercury was written with Nina Harries, Mars and Venus with Aisling Brouwer and Neptune with Shruti Kumar. Through joyful exchanges, the album title and our little slogan “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in concert pitch anymore!” formed and now ‘Mil...
  • water, a black to brownish tint, light reflections on the water, light rays to the bottom left. White text with glitch on the lower half, central reads ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK above the movie’s title IM NACHTLICHT and underneath MUSIC BY ALEV LENZ
    April 7th, 2022

    Im Nachtlicht OUT TODAY!

    Whooo this is very exciting! My very first feature lenght score is OUT TODAY! It is called 'Im Nachtlicht', just like the motion picture by writer/director Misha L. Kreuz. This is my first release of 2022 - a quite delayed one I might add , as the pandemic pushed the theatrical release of the film for over 1 ½ years. Along with the movies's theatrical release and the soundtrack release today I also had the ABSOLUTE pleasure to welcome to life the 'Im Nachtlicht' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack visuverse. I'll get to that in a bit. As you know I regularly write songs t...
  • April 2nd, 2022

    World Soundtrack Academy

    Thanks so much to the World Soundtrack Academy for welcoming me into their international community of composers for screen and film music industry professionals! Check out my profile here!