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Fado Nosso & Yeni Nostalji

a night of portuguese fado and turkish pop music

Sun, Nov 24 @ 7:30pm

$10 adv / $15 day of 

Fado is a rich, intimate and intensely felt music that originated in Lisbon, Portugal in the 19th Century. Fado, meaning fate or destiny in Portuguese, interprets many sides of life, and may be mournful and melancholic, flirtatious and seductive or wistful and nostalgic.  An urban folk genre, Fado is often described as “the Portuguese blues” and is known by many to be bittersweet, with heart-wrenching angst and yearning – what the Portuguese call saudade. Come and experience the soul of Fado.

Yeni Nostalji is a band based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. The group writes original music sung in Turkish by bandleader and founder Christina Marie. They are currently signed to Ropeadope Records, and released their debut album in May of 2018 which features members of the Richmond Symphony, Bio Ritmo, and NO BS! Brass. Yeni Nostalji has shared the stage with acts such as Mdou Moctar, Banda Magda, Yonatan Gat, B.C.U.C., and Miramar. The performing band features Christina Marie (composition, lyrics, vocals), Gary Kalar (guitar, arrangements) and Turkish rhythm section Ayça Kartari (bass) and Emre Kartari (drums). The band takes cues from a wide-range of vintage and contemporary influences, including the soundscape of Turkish, European, and American pop radio from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.

About the Bands

Fado Nosso is the brainchild of Bernadette Cruse (fadista) and Leah Kruszewski (guitarrist), formed in 2012 in Richmond, Virginia. The name "Fado Nosso" was chosen with the understanding that as Americans attempting to play fado, that the music would have a unique sound and perspective, respecting fado traditions but also containing influences indigenous to the players, of classical, flamenco, Brazilian and jazz.


In its infancy, "Fado Nosso" was a duo, but current members now include Brian Cruse (bass), Ron Alig (classical guitar and Portuguese guitarra) and James Beard (Spanish guitar and mandolin). Now a quartet, the group has had the opportunity to perform in and around Richmond at various music venues, festivals, radio stations and television. The group was especially honored to perform for the Portuguese ambassador to the US in June 2018. It is a great joy for the band to help promote fado music in their community, and to be a part of the global community of fado players and aficionados.

Christina Marie, an American of Lebanese and European descent, was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She started writing songs while in art school when she was given an old guitar and began putting her poetry to music. She says that the Turkish language showed up in her life without warning and took her down an unexpected path. At the age of 25, she decided to board a plane by herself to Turkey with little agenda. She then began visiting the country regularly, spending significant time in a remote family village bordering the Black Sea, as well as major cities such as Istanbul and Ankara. She describes her time in Turkey as “life–altering, real, and human” which moved her to begin studying Turkish and applying it to music.


Gary Kalar has been playing the guitar for over 30 years. He's spent many hours on the stage and in the studio, and has performed, written, arranged and recorded a broad variety of styles on a number of instruments with diverse musicians from all over the world, including over 10 years as a member of Mucca Pazza and Lamajamal. He's performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, at Orchestra Hall in the Chicago Symphony Center, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and in cities all over the US. Outside of working with strictly musical groups, Gary Kalar has also accompanied many contemporary dance and theatrical performances, working with Mary Zimmerman, Shirley Mordine, Peter Carpenter, Mark Messing and many others.

Ayça Kartari was born in Bilecik, Turkey. She started playing double bass when she was 11 years old. In 2005, she received a full scholarship from International Yehudi Menuhin Music Academy and Lozan Conservatory in Switzerland for her graduate studies and studied with Michel Veillon. She toured Spain, Holland, France, Portugal with Camerata Lysy Chamber Orchestra with Alberto Lysy and Camerata Lausanne Chamber Orchestra with Pierre Amoyal. She was invited as a principal bassist to Animato Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Howard Griffiths in 2010 and 2011 and performed in Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia. She performed with Young Musician Chamber Orchestra in Bayreuth, Germany in August 2013, at the Young Musicians Festival under the direction of Prof. Iagoba Fanlo.

Emre Kartari was born into a family of musicians and artists in Ankara, Turkey, and moved to the United States when he was nine years old. After studying jazz percussion at Virginia Commonwealth University and New York University, he went on to direct the jazz studies programs at Hacettepe University (Ankara) and Yaşar University (Izmir). In 2009, he formed Turkey's first college credited, state supported jazz program at the Ankara State Conservatory. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Yaşar University in 2018 and is proud to be an artist endorsed by Istanbul Cymbals. Emre is an Adjunct Instructor of Jazz at VCU and Longwood University where he teaches Small Jazz Ensemble and Jazz History.

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