Forest Light is the band around Italian singer Marta Arpini. The quintet is in search of a unique and individual sound that connects the musicians’ imagery and intensive playing. They use Marta’s material to invigorate a special universe of deep enchantment. The group combines the suggestive atmosphere of the world of the songwriter with the interplay that characterizes the idiom of jazz, exploring iridescent colors and developing a quaint cross-over language, in order to tell meaningful stories through the purity of the “songs”.


Marta Arpini Forest Light has already been featured in many other important competitions, events and festivals: Keep an Eye International Jazz Award, Crema Film Festival, Uitmarkt, Jazz at the Plantage, Amsterdam Jazz Fest, Rembrandt Festival, Expression of Art Award, Rough Diamonds Series at the Bimhuis, So What's Next? Festival, Injazz 2020.


Marta invites the listener into her world of experiences, her own charming microcosm; desirable, tender and heartfelt on the one hand, energetic, fresh and effervescent on the other.

Forest Light's self titled debut album was released on Oct 4th, 2019 for the well known label Challenge Records International.

In June 2020 it's been included as a contestant in one of the most prestigious Italian award for albums and songwriters, "Premio Tenco", in the category "best first work". 

In November 2020 it's been nominated for the Edison Jazz/World Award 2020.

Marta Arpini Forest Light is one of the winners of Keep an Eye the Records 2020. Their new album will be out in December 2021, to be presented at Bimhuis.

Marta Arpini - vocals, compositions, arrangements 

Massimo Imperatore - guitar

Eduardo Cardinho/Adrian Moncada - vibraphone/piano 

Mauro Cottone - double bass

Giacomo Camilletti - drums

Forest Light is de band rondom zangeres en componist Marta Arpini. Ze combineren de suggestieve atmosfeer van de wereld van de songwriter met het samenspel dat het jazz idioom karakteriseert. Ze onderzoeken kleuren en ontwikkelen een bijzondere cross-over taal om hun verhalen te kunnen vertellen door middel van de puurheid van ‘liedjes’.

Wat zei de jury (Keep an Eye the Records): “Marta weet met haar project een mooie wereld te creëren op het podium, waar je als luisteraar wordt ingezogen. We zijn erg nieuwsgierig naar meer.”

"A sort of tenderness embraces me when I listen to Marta Arpini.

She doesn’t use the voice in an olympic way, like a lot, too many singers nowadays do, eventually resembling each other. She doesn’t; with her, it’s like she’s letting herself go to a spontaneous narration, a delicate and caressing stream, but always very much in tune. In fact I believe that not everyone could sing her songs. Her lyrics are delicate poems, with an intimate aura, never démodé. […] The musical genre is a very sophisticated and erudite cross-over. Explicit or in filigree, jazz is very present in each composition. The technical skills of each band member is simply admirable and functional to enhance Marta’s artistry."   


— Antonio Scanferlato, AUDIOPHILE SOUND N. 176


REVIEW by Jazz thing & blue rhythm, Olaf Maikopf, Jazz thing 132, Mar 16, 2020   
REVIEW by Jazz'halo, Jean-Pierre Goffin
REVIEW by Jazzism, Coen de Jonge, Feb 02, 2020
INTERVIEW at Co Live! on NPO Soul & Jazz, Jan 11, 2020
RELEASE OF THE WEEK on Dutch Jazz, SUBLIME FM, Dec 08, 2019
ARTICLE by Jazz Bonus, Nov 06, 2019
© Marta Arpini 2020