Biography

Debuting five days after her thirteenth birthday and using a childhood nickname as a pseudonym alternative to six birth names, although four have publicly seen use: Lavinia "The Raveness" Valeriana is a Stratford-on-Avon born Leamingtonian Avante-Garde and Classical Musician, (Performance) Poet, Diarist, and Artisan. Valeriana is Italian, Welsh, (Breton) French and Catalan and Argentine through mixed-ethnic parentage, raised in and from the ward of Clarendon in 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 unbearable and required home-schooling and later, self-tutoring, and despite a deleterious young life, did not discourage optimism, in fact, it led to total emancipation. Using a method of cryptic confessional writing for catharsis, although, she has noted that it doesn't work for her without music and can unleash a legion of unwelcome demons, that again does not deter her. Rebellious and all for being oneself with an uncustomary self-invented and very characteristical technique, surprisingly, the reserved Leamingtonian has been quoted in the books of best-selling authors. Brooding yet comedic and copiously romantic, Lavinia grew up in the grip of legacies of icons such as William Shakespeare and Aleister Crowley, although her interest would be peaked through Florentine roots 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 musical works accompanied by other self-created sound effects that make them instantly recognisable to listeners notwithstanding the free spirits diversity. Others along her creative journey, far too countless to list but easily imprinted on her works, would further inspire her. She discovered the impact of poetry when reading the gravestones in the local graveyards, encompassed by ensembles of historical architecture and through Bram Stoker's Dracula unearthed diarist literature. Encircled in a life of antiquarian books, by six-years-old, she had already read a variety of texts. The self-teaching of sculpture, poetry, confessionalism, historical research, and music, to defy total deafness in her right-ear, too began from this age. 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, in spite of an intentional underground status, for her unpremeditated productivity, signature overdrive and distortion blended keyboard instruments, immersive auditory storytelling, and antiqued presentation. The introverted bohemian who prefers obscurity has had independent success with a global following that includes acclaimed names for near two decades, despite a self-effacing nature and approach, and evading the mainstream and media attention associated with it and the same for social media.