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Alev Lenz

Alev Lenz

German-Turkish singer-songwriter
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German-Turkish singer-songwriter
Countries Germany
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Gender female
Birth 17 January 1982 (Munich)
Family
Father: Reimar Lenz
The details
Biography

Alev Lenz (born 17 January 1982 in München) is a German-Turkish singer/songwriter.

Career

Alev Lenz, the daughter of a Turkish mother and a German father, signed her first Publishing Deal with BMG Music Publishing in 2001, with the first recordings of her former band "Alev". At first her father was against her plans to become a musician. After three years of touring and the release of "We live in Paradise", Lenz left the band.

Lenz also left Germany to go to New York City to perform and her original new material. She played Open Mikes and her first concerts as Alev Lenz Solo.

Lenz achieved some success in Turkey, mainly through her several TV appearances on Turkish television on the shows of the popular Turkish showmaster Okan Bayülgen.

Lenz founded her own record company with her management and Groove Attack/Rough Trade in 2008. Her debut album Storytelling Piano Playing Fräulein was released on February 13, 2009 and is available in stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and worldwide on iTunes and Amazon.com. The album was produced in Berlin with Don Philippe, a member of the group Freundeskreis. Her collaborator on her second album was acclaimed drummer and multi-instrumentalist Samuli Kosminen of Mùm and mixed by Jas Shaw (Simian Mobile Disco) who has been a big influence on Lenz work.

Since the release of her debut album back in 2009, in her home country of Germany, Alev has kept herself busy with gigs in London, New York and across Germany, as well as composing soundtracks for several high-profile German films, and collaborating with established artists such as Anoushka Shankar and Roomful Of Teeth. Lenz’s big breakthrough came last year when her song ‘Fall Into Me’ was used in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror episode, ’Hated In The Nation’. Lenz has since been played on NPR All Songs Considered , WNYC New Sounds and mentioned by the New York Times, as the vocal ensemble Roomful Of Teeth have since taken up her song into their live programme.

Now residing in London, Alev is signed to MannersMcDade Publishing - who also take care of prolific artists such as Nils Frahm and Poppy Ackroyd - and is currently working on her third studio album.

Discography

Albums
With Alev
  • We live in Paradise
  • Broken
  • Breakable
Solo
  • Storytelling Piano Playing Fräulein (2008)
  • Two-Headed Gïrl (2016)
Soundtracks
  • Im Winter Ein Jahr (2008) (Caroline Link)
  • Die Wilden Hühner und das Leben (2009)
  • Maria ihm schmeckt's nicht (2009)
  • Bon appétit (2010)
  • Türkisch für Anfänger (2012)
  • The Dead And The Living (2012)
  • The Girl with Nine Wigs (2013)
  • König von Deutschland (2013)
  • Hated in the Nation (Black Mirror) (2016)
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References
http://alevlenz.com
http://www.alevlenz.com
http://www.grooveattack.com
http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/chatter/alev-lenz-releases-two-headed-girl-to-a-ready-and-waiting-fanbase
http://www.thy.com/fr-CH/corporate/skylife/article.aspx?mkl=1274
http://ventsmagazine.com/2016/04/29/interview-alev-lenz/
http://www.3sat.de/3sat.php?http://www.3sat.de/kulturzeit/tips/130954/index.html
http://www.sz-jugendseite.de/js-texte.php?showid=1289
http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2016104748
http://isni.org/isni/0000000372043571
http://www.mannersmcdade.co.uk/composer/alev-lenz/
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