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2019 FOREST LIGHT

I AM A GEM

QUINTET
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2022 MARTA ARPINI+++BAND

 



A POCKET ORCHESTRA

 

Marta's star is rising in the Netherlands thanks to an original mix of alt jazz and indie pop.

Her songs surprise you time and time again because of the lyrical and musical angles; sometimes playful, sometimes sweet and fragile, but always seductive.

"Marta Arpini Forest Light" was one of the winners of Keep an Eye the Records 2020. Thanks to this prize that powers the realization of a new album, Marta was able to start a new chapter in the story of her band, with a new wave of compositions and a different approach to the music's production. The repertoire is updated, reflecting Marta's artistic and personal growth process and her most recent inspirations. ​

 

Collected from listening to unconventional songwriters and musicians (Andy Shauf, Elliott Smith, Adrianne Lenker, Dirty Projectors, Kalbells, Rufus Wainwright, Chris Weisman, Ryan Power, Tōth), Marta doesn't cease to intermingle these inspirations with her jazz upbringing and education, and her fascination also for instrumental music (Bill Frisell, Duke Ellington, Skúli Sverrisson, Jon Brion, René Aubry, Brad Mehldau, ADHD). 

 

Combining the different branches of her writing – the alternative pop and indie folk oriented songs and the jazz influenced pieces – Marta is giving her music a new garment; while the performing core of the project remains the quintet, sounds and orchestration are expanded and renovated, also thanks to an occasionally larger but flexible line-up. 

Since the end of 2021 going into 2022 and the future, the band is no longer called "Forest Light", and the new music is released under the name of Marta Arpini.

"I Am A Gem" is the new album by Marta, made possible and supported by the Keep and Eye Foundation and the Performing Arts Fund NL. The album has been artistically coached by and co-produced with drummer, composer and producer Mark Schilders.

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I AM A GEM

will be out in January 2022

on Dox Records

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 Marta Arpini - vocals, compositions, arrangements

Massimo Imperatore - guitars

Adrian Moncada - piano, synth

Mauro Cottone - bass

Giacomo Camilletti - drums

 

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Band featuring

Ketija Ringa-Karahona - flute
Jessie Brevé - bass clarinet 
Harry Chronis - trombone
José Soares - alto sax

Laura Polence - voice 

Fuensanta Méndez - voice
Sanne Huijbregts - voice, glockenspiel, bells, xylophone

Thierry Castel - mellotron

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"Desire" is the first single from the upcoming album "I Am A Gem" 

out on October the 29th, 2021

Concept & artwork by Cecilia Grandi

Pictures by Teresa Costa

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FOREST LIGHT . . .

"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 is the name of Marta's debut album and originally also of her quintet. The first line-up consisted of Eduardo Cardinho (PT) on vibraphone, Massimo Imperatore (IT) on electric guitar, Mauro Cottone (IT) on double bass and Giacomo Camilletti (IT) on drums. 

 

Born in Amsterdam at the end of 2017 as an acoustic jazz quintet, the band developed a unique chemistry and an individual sound, connecting the musicians’ imagery and intensive playing.

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The album "Forest Light", a collection of compositions that Marta wrote in 2016-2017, was recorded in January 2018 and released in October 2019 on the label Challenge Records International.

 

In June 2020 it was 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 was nominated to the Edison Jazz/World Award 2020.

Under the name "Marta Arpini Forest Light", the quintet – with Adrian Moncada (ES) on piano instead of Cardinho on vibraphone since the end of 2018 – has been featured in important competitions, events and festivals in the Netherlands and in Italy:

​Keep an Eye International Jazz Award 2018, Crema Film Festival 2018, Uitmarkt 2018, Jazz at the Plantage 2018, Amsterdam Jazz Fest 2019, Rembrandt Festival 2019, Expression of Art Award 2019, Rough Diamonds Series at the Bimhuis 2019, So What's Next? Festival 2019, Injazz 2020, Keep an Eye the Records 2020.

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InJazz 2020
InJazz 2020

Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam © Eric van Nieuwland

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InJazz 2020
InJazz 2020

Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam © Eric van Nieuwland

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InJazz 2020
InJazz 2020

Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam © Eric van Nieuwland

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InJazz 2020
InJazz 2020

Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam © Eric van Nieuwland

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InJazz 2020
InJazz 2020

Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam © Eric van Nieuwland

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InJazz 2020
InJazz 2020

Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam © Eric van Nieuwland

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InJazz 2020
InJazz 2020

Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam © Eric van Nieuwland

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InJazz 2020
InJazz 2020

Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam © Eric van Nieuwland

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InJazz 2020
InJazz 2020

Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam © Eric van Nieuwland

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So What's Next Festival 2019
So What's Next Festival 2019

Meneer Frits, Eindhoven © Max Kneefel

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So What's Next Festival 2019
So What's Next Festival 2019

Meneer Frits, Eindhoven © Max Kneefel

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Master recital Marta Arpini, Jun 2019
Master recital Marta Arpini, Jun 2019

Amsterdam Blue Note © Emanuele Pellegrini

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Rembrandt Festival 2019
Rembrandt Festival 2019

Amsterdam © Nico Alsemgeest & XSAGA

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Rembrandt Festival 2019
Rembrandt Festival 2019

Amsterdam © Nico Alsemgeest & XSAGA

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Rembrandt Festival 2019
Rembrandt Festival 2019

Amsterdam © Nico Alsemgeest & XSAGA

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Album recording, Jan 2019
Album recording, Jan 2019

© Ani Jo Photography

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Album recording, Jan 2019
Album recording, Jan 2019

© Ani Jo Photography

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Album recording, Jan 2019
Album recording, Jan 2019

© Ani Jo Photography

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Album recording, Jan 2019
Album recording, Jan 2019

© Ani Jo Photography

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Album recording, Jan 2019
Album recording, Jan 2019

© Ani Jo Photography

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Album recording, Jan 2019
Album recording, Jan 2019

© Ani Jo Photography

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Album recording, Jan 2019
Album recording, Jan 2019

© Ani Jo Photography

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Crema Film Festival 2018
Crema Film Festival 2018

Piazza Duomo © Danilo Codazzi

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Crema Film Festival 2018
Crema Film Festival 2018

Piazza Duomo © Danilo Codazzi

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Crema Film Festival 2018
Crema Film Festival 2018

Piazza Duomo © Danilo Codazzi

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Crema Film Festival 2018
Crema Film Festival 2018

Piazza Duomo © Danilo Codazzi

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Crema Film Festival 2018
Crema Film Festival 2018

Piazza Duomo © Danilo Codazzi

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Crema Film Festival 2018
Crema Film Festival 2018

Piazza Duomo © Danilo Codazzi

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Crema Film Festival 2018
Crema Film Festival 2018

Poster

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Amsterdam Jazz Fest 2019
Amsterdam Jazz Fest 2019
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