“A dose of everything, from Sousaphone and French Horn to snappy, sing-a-long boy/girl vocals” – Music Week
“A truly innovative, beguiling and quite frankly sometimes bewildering DIY band” – Loud Horizon
Perhaps Contraption is an astonishing musical performance collective.
Led by artistic director Squier Squier, their latest incarnation is a brass, voice, woodwind and drum powered avant-marching band which draws upon art pop, progressive rock, oompah and contemporary classical elements such as polyrhythm and post minimalism.
“A diverse and beautifully moody collection of alternative pop.” –MusicWeek
“Lenz is a compelling prospect live.” – Time Out London 03/2013
Creative wunderkind Alev Lenz is a remarkable songwriter from Germany, a songwriter who has been branching out into ambitious and heart-stopping directions, bringing a purity of voice and lightness of touch to her songs. Collaborating with Mum/ Kronos quartet man Samuli Kosminen and Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Sisco shows has given the songs a brilliant sheen but it’s the melodic strength and feeling that shine through, not least carried by lenz’ striking bird-like voice.