Christine Herin, known professionally as Dolche, is an Italian-French singer, songwriter, composer and record producer already boasts a 20-year music career, more than 500 concerts in Europe with and key collaborations with Grammy Award winning professionals. She was born in Valle d’Aosta, a French-speaking autonomous region in the north of Italy. The first single off her forthcoming album Exotic Diorama – out Oct 2020 – is the cinematic Roma accompanied by a video shot during the Italian lockdown with webcam images of a deserted Rome projected onto the artists body.
The song also features many instruments and among them is the dreamy sound of an ancient Vibraphonette. Dolche plays herself all of the instruments in the track except for the cello and drums which were later recorded in Rome with the renowned Adam Ben Ezra from Tel Aviv (cello) and Gadi Seri Levi (drums). Tobias Fröberg (Ane Brun) from SE is the Co- producer. Mix by Grammy Award-winning engineer Noah Georgeson from LA and Master by Grammy Award-winning Emily Lazare at The Lodge Studio NYC.
March 2020 – Rome was the first European Capital city to declare full lockdown isolation during COVID-19 pandemic: The video reflects this sense of surrealness and poignancy of what should be a bustling international city now bare, empty and eerily still. It features Time Lapse images of 7 famous sites in Rome during the COVID-19 lockdown: the Spanish Steps, The Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona and Piazza Venezia. The images are very significant because they reveal a city without visitors, tourists, markets, restaurants. Only the presence of police cars, soldiers and public transport breaks the otherwise total stillness of the city.
Dolche produced the whole video herself, editing the images, creating the sound and visual effects and light design, evoking the style of the Pietà by using bed sheets. Everything that was used in the video was found at home since it was – and still is – impossible to go out. The lonely emptiness of this beautiful city evokes a sense of awe and beauty and some sadness, as we all view it with wonder from our pockets of self-isolation.
Amazing. Poignant. A unique ‘Roma’, as we have never seen it before.