Current Biography

Valentine Wolfe 

Sarah Black: Vocals and Keyboards, Sound Design

Braxton Ballew: 5 String Double Bass, Sound Design

"...an eerie, pitch-black hybrid of gothic rock, heavy metal and classical music"

-Vincent Harris, Greenville Journal

A symphony of darkness, Valentine Wolfe performs gothic music inspired by seances, 19th century gothic literature, macabre history, and death positivity. Combining the haunting soprano of Sarah Black and the bleak maelstrom of Braxton Ballew’s solo double bass, they are dedicated only to one muse: the creation of the sound of mystery and imagination. 

In addition to their gothic metal offerings, their insatiable musical curiosity has afforded them multiple opportunities to bring their signature sound to theatrical and film productions. Most recently, they have been creating live scores to silent horror classics, notably Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. To celebrate the centenary of both films, Valentine Wolfe performed live scores at Dragon*Con in 2021 (Caligari) and 2022 (Nosferatu). In 2022, they scored a series of short films called Triggered, a collection of films telling the stories of female trauma survivors.

Recent work includes 2020’s Only Gossamer My Gown, a celebration of the macabre works of Emily Dickinson. Supported by grants from Greenville SC’s Metropolitan Arts Council and South Carolina Humanities, Only Gossamer My Gown continues Valentine Wolfe’s tradition of creating works equally suitable for metal concerts and libraries, joining 2018’s The Haunting of Mary Shelley and 2017’s death positive, grief-inspired The Elegiac Repose

In September of 2022, they released their newest collection of gothic metal, Lullabies, Love Songs, and Laments. After performing the official release at Dragon*Con, they performed their Edgar Allan Poe inspired music as part of the International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards  in Baltimore, Maryland.

(Do not use earlier biographies. Current as of December 6, 2022)

 

Upcoming Manifestations

Previous events

100 Years of the Symphony in Gray: Nosferatu

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Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville, SC

OK, Greenville. This is your chance to see one of the greatest horror films of all time and hear our live film score. And it's free. FREE. We'll be doing a bit of a Q/A, and we'll have the limited Nosferatu poster and a few other things for sale. Let's throw a Halloween bash worth of the 1920s and one of the undisputed masterpieces, Nosferatu. Suitable for all ages.

Oct21

HP-NYC Presents: The Wizard Retreat Weekend!

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Guest House Retreat Center, 318 W Main St , Chester, CT

The Wizard Retreat Weekend (WRW) is a magic-filled, all inclusive retreat designed to celebrate the community and connections of Harry Potter fans. Limited to approximately 100 guests, this intimate experience will provide you with a chance to connect, create and party with your fellow witches and wizards.

We can't wait. The Dark Arts need music, too. Hands down one of the best crowds we've EVER played for was a Slytherin party...so you other houses need to BRING IT!

International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards

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Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, 203 N. Amity Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Valentine Wolfe gets to play our dream house concert (well, outside the house). We're performing on Saturday at 3:30...and the festival admission is FREE!

Poe Baltimore invites you to darken Poe’s chamber door at the fourth annual International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards, October 8 & 9 2022. This FREE, two-day outdoor event will feature Poe-themed performances, art, vendors and food, celebrating Poe’s life, works and his influence in the arts.

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