Musically debuting five days after her thirteenth birthday in December 2000 with a childhood nickname as a pseudonym alternative to a sentence-long birth name: Lavinia "The Raveness" Valeriana is a Stratford-on-Avon born wholly independent Leamingtonian Avant-garde and Classical Musician, (Performance) Poet, Confessional Diarist, and Artisan.
ADRIFT IN ACHERON
The Music Album
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-Celt 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 confessions diary and an album that unveils revelations of Valeriana's deep and dark motivations is audio-wise her first chiefly sung work and is intensely emotional, warts and all. Conveying thoughts and feelings in her usual unequivocally dramatic style, by acting with the voice (or maybe, she isn't).
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 night bat 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, audio engineering 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, cawing, wailing, growling, aqueous orchestration and antiqued presentation. The introverted and camera shy bohemian who prefers obscurity has had success with a global following that includes acclaimed names for near two decades.