Biography: Kristina Normatova, known as TinaKristina, is a Russian-born musician recording and playing a mix of styles from psychedelic blues to funk to reggae and electronic beats. She is the daughter of legendary Russian musicians, her father is Dimitri Gusev, Russia's leading blues harp exponent and spokesperson of the Russian underground music movement and member of both the Akvarium and Black Mama Dharma Band, and her mother is Gulnora Normatova who has performed with Dizzy Gillespie in his only Russian concert in Moscow.
TinaKristina has been performing live since childhood, picking up the bass at age 8. She honed her skills busking with her family on the streets of NYC, then by her teens was traveling the world, playing in bands such as Black Mama Dharma Band, The Savage Rose, Wax Poetic, Brooklyn Gypsies, and performing alongside Butch Morris, Ladell McLin, John McLaughlin, Jimmy Heath (Miles Davis), Giovanni Hidalgo (Dizzy Gillespie) and Derek Trucks. As well as a feature in John Taylors (Duran Duran) music video "Feelings Are Good".
In November 2015, TinaKristina released her debut EP “Dark City,” and in December 2016 released the "Babylon" EP featuring songs in both the English and Russian language.