Mostacho Xprmnt was founded by Costa Rican drummer and composer Andres Marin in Brooklyn, New York. The NeoSoul/Fusion band is currently completed by Leala Cyr on vocals, Hayley Lam on keys, Luis D'Elías on guitar and Dave Lowenthal on bass.
It started as an outlet to create music without limitations as far as genres or styles, therefore the experimental component. They consolidated in 2013 with Eitan Akman, Haruka Yabuno and Najwa Mahiaddin. As they worked with Malayan singer Najwa, the group took a stronger R&B and Soul direction while maintaining elements of rock, jazz, funk and latin music. Some of their main influences include Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, Frank Zappa and Hiatus Kaiyote.
In 2015, korean singer Song Yi Jeon took over the lead vocals and in 2016 they released their first single “Que Mae Mas Raro” with Dave on bass, Luis on guitar and Miguel Gallardo on keys. They have performed at Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, The Shrine, ShapeShifter Lab, Williamsburg Music Center and more venues in New York as well as in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
In 2017 Leala and Hayley join the band. In November they release an eclectic EP of remixes by 28 Lines, Matt Sokol and Copper Tony. The second single “Clap With Me” saw the light in March 2018!
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