I have been working on a variety of projects ranging from the behemoth-sized music album, Adrift in Acheron, that accompanies the book and other creations that will see release in 2019. Until then! Yours, Lavinia. xXx
Musically debuting five days after her thirteenth birthday in December 2000 with a childhood nickname as a pseudonym alternative to six birth names: Lavinia "The Raveness" Valeriana is a Stratford-on-Avon born Leamingtonian Avant-garde and Classical Musician, (Performance) Poet, Confessional Diarist, and Artisan. Valeriana (who is completely deaf in her right ear) is Italian, Welsh, (Breton) French, Catalan and Argentine through mixed-ethnic parentage, raised in and from the ward of Clarendon in Royal Leamington Spa, in the district of Warwick, Warwickshire warmly referred to as "Shakespeare country" or "Shakespeare's England" but had an itinerant upbringing also growing-up across Latin-Celtic heritage lands. At times this was unbearably volatile and required home-schooling and self-tutoring. All for being oneself with an uncustomary self-invented and very characteristical literary technique, surprisingly, the contentedly reserved Leamingtonian who did publish her first volume of diaries at age eighteen in January 2006 has been quoted in the books of best-selling authors. Brooding, nostalgic, melancholic, dark-comedic and copiously romantic, Lavinia grew up in the grip of legacies of icons such as Will Shakespeare and Aleister Crowley, with her interest peaked predominantly by Dante Alighieri with his invention of Hell. The Inferno conjured up an auditory vision of a distinctive hellscape now oft looming in the background of her works accompanied by other self-created sound effects that make them instantly immersive and recognisable. Adrift in Acheron, the fourth book that unveils revelations of Valeriana's deep and dark motivations is also her first all sung confessions album and is equally atmospheric with her harpsichord unrecognisable as a Frankenstein flamenco guitar. Many along her journey, far too countless to list but easily imprinted on her releases, would further inspire her. She discovered the impact of poetry when reading gravestones during walks encompassed by beauteous ensembles of historical architecture. Writing diaries came after being bitten by Bram Stoker's Dracula and seduced by Casanova's Histoire de Ma Vie. At six-years-old, she started the self-teaching of various arts, including entirely handcrafted sculpture and textiles. At first, the classically self-trained Lavinia would experiment and document emotions with a small vintage harpsichord, as well as self-study the great composers and later expanded to other instruments, and is distinguished for a heavy playing style. Further noted for her signature overdrive and distortion blended keyboard instruments, auditory storytelling, raven-like cawing, aqueous orchestration and antiqued presentation. The introverted and camera shy bohemian who prefers obscurity has had independent success with a global following that includes acclaimed names for near two decades.
Goodbye My Belial
Taken from Adrift in Acheron
Diary entry: July 26th, 2018 10:56PM
The black king of Hell embedded in an icy sea waits without end. Your two faces are no match for his three and your flesh he shall perpetually, rip and rend along with the meat of others who too fell. Goodbye, my Belial.
I will not swing in the forest of suicide; which is what it would be to stay by your side, although, it is true that for your soul and mine I have cried, hoping we both see purification. A notion that forces me to realise, despite its beat, just how much of this heart of mine has died whilst I pined for affection.
I shall see the stars once more and breathe the air that is pure and away from contamination and damnation. My Belial, with the true Devil you will remain, in body and spirit, all the same, frozen.
SEP 2018 Adrift in Acheron [Sold out Book]
JUL 2018 La Cerva Fatata
NOV 2017 Cthulhu dans L'Aquarium
SEP 2017 Mr Crowley ft. Mr Crowley
APR 2014 Farewell to the Court
DEC 2011 Of Blood and Absinthe
FEB 2006 In Wien Schlafen Wir
FEB 2003 The Raveness
DEC 2002 A Coffin for a bed
DEC 2001 Emerald Blood
DEC 2000 Yo! Ho! A Pirate's Life for Me