Haunting, intimate, alluring and playful– Yeni Nostalji takes listeners on a romantic journey through nostalgia, the transient nature of self discovery, and the powerful demands of love.

Bandleader Christina Marie, an American of European and Lebanese descent, writes her songs in Turkish and considers Turkey to be her second home. She cites her songwriting influences as “Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, and Dolly Parton” but is heavily influenced by the vintage soundscape of Turkish and European pop radio from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. The band features Moldovan-born guitarist and composer Vlad Cuiujuclu, guitarist and arranger Gary Kalar, and Turkish rhythm section Ayça Kartari (bass) and Emre Kartari (drums). Yeni Nostalji’s sound is often described as a mashup of Bossa Nova, 60’s French pop, and modern indie pop ballads.

The band has collaborated with musicians from the Richmond Symphony, worldwide brass sensations “NO BS! Brass” and internationally recognized salsa band “Bio Ritmo”. Yeni Nostalji released their debut album on May 4, 2018 via Ropeadope Records. It is thought to be the first album released on a US record label with Turkish lyrics.


Christina Marie, Founder/Vocals/Lyrics/Composition
Vlad Cuiujuclu, Guitar/Composition
Gary Kalar, Guitar/Arrangements
Emre Kartari, Drums
Ayça Kartari, Bass


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