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 string players from the Richmond Symphony, and horn players from NO BS! Brass and Bio Ritmo.
Christina Marie Gleixner: vocals
Vlad Cuiujuclu: electric & acoustic guitar
Evrim Doğu: electric & acoustic guitar, vocals
Gary Kalar: electric guitar
Marlysse Simmons: piano, keyboard
Rei Alvarez: drums, maracas, vocals
Lance Koehler: drums
Andrew Randazzo: bass
Ellen Riccio: violin
Treesa Gold: violin
Kim Ryan: viola
Schuyler Slack: cello
Taylor Barnett: trumpet
Bob Miller: trumpet
Reggie Chapman: bass trombone, euphonium, tuba
Mary Boodell: flute
Brandon Simmons: flute
Shawn Welk: oboe
Executive Producer: Lance Koehler
Associate Producer: Christina Marie Gleixner
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Lance Koehler at Minimum Wage Recording in Richmond, VA, USA.
Lyrics by Christina Marie Gleixner except tracks 4 and 8 by Evrim Doğu.
Arranged by Gary Kalar and Marlysse Simmons.
Album artwork by Christina Marie Gleixner (design) and Linda Moses (photography).