Studio 150 Bethlehemkerk & Amarte Studio Concerts presents:
Marta Arpini – vocals, compositions, arrangements
Massimo Imperatore – guitars
Adrian Moncada – piano, synth
Mauro Cottone – bass
Giacomo Camilletti – drums
Ketija Ringa-Karahona – flute
Jessie Brevé – bass clarinet
Charalampos Chronis – trombone
Sanne Huijbregts – vocals, kalimbas
Fuensanta Méndez – vocals

Marta Arpini Band & Pocket Orchestra

16 December 2021
Aanvang: 20.00u

Dec 16, a pre-release party for I AM A GEM album and the first time Marta Arpini will be on stage with this tiny orchestra of her dreams.

"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.