Allow me to introduce myself,
I am Lavinia Valeriana, a highly experimental Avant-garde Musician, Confessional Diarist, and Artisan. A single-sided deaf autodidact, owning a self-willed technique from Warwickshire (of a variegated Latin European and Celt background), with Roman-Celtic polytheism curious kinsfolk. It was a bohemian-style rearing (across lands) that was unashamedly unshy of the occult, seeing through a lens that kept life mysterious and I, in awe. I am ever exploring with clay, paint, textiles, music, and (multilingual) words. That last part meaning there can be some vocal-and-written gymnastics going on with the lyrics, trapezing a tightrope of English, Latin, Italian, Catalan, Welsh, Irish (Gaelic), and French (Breton). In the beginning, I did compile a compilation of recordings into a (now sold out) CD, Of Blood and Absinthe. I preferred CD until the release of my immersive single, Cthulhu Dans L'Aquarium / Danse Macabre du Médusa. Yes, way back then, I wasn't one with the digital world and was considerably young, so this was under my (no longer) pseudonym.
When it comes to my style
Much of my sound has intentional distortion and nostalgic imperfections. This Lo-fi aesthetic I chose because of my love for collecting vinyl records. I find beauty in their aged quality. The instrumental art music works are auditory paintings. These are a way for me to create visual images from sounds that reflect the Magic Lantern show that fathoms in my head when reading, for one example, La Cerva Fatata, the capture of Giambattista Basile's, The Enchanted Doe. As a keyboardist, I also marry the literature of favourites with compositions by the Classical composers, typically because they appear in my imagination also as I read. Many of my recordings are spontaneous for this reason, although a perfectionist of sorts, I don't ever have a plan, ha! As a dark-romantic performance poet, I never use a traditional song structure (or singing style). It is often in lament/keening, a tradition I've grown with when in mourning.
My poems/lyrics come directly from my diaries, such as the EP, Love, which contains excerpts from the book, Adrift in Acheron. I have been publishing these for around fifteen-years to this day. I (mostly) owe my love of writing to Dante Alighieri. Admittedly, I have never given a live show or sought to make a music video, and any photography or videography is typically some form of fantasy diarist art/self-portraiture. Everything is homemade and (self-published/managed) wholly, I am the only entity behind it all. I guess you could say that I am living and loving it before I give up the ghost.