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The El Mansouris



Biography

Formed in Washington, DC, The El Mansouris is the creative union of Alex Braden (Young Rapids, Bella Russia), Drew Hagelin (Cigarette), Margot MacDonald, Sam Raymond (Rival Skies), Sarah Schaffer (Lies About), and Fiona Kohrman. Their sound often consists of evocative harmonies, left-turn instrumentals, downbeat polyrhythmic grooves, glitched sequences of samples and the occasional synth, all dancing around the meandering interplay of triple female vocals. A finalist in NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, the group made its live debut by playing three consecutive evenings of sold out performances at three unique DC galleries in February. They are currently recording their first LP and are excited to release it later in 2015.

Watch Past Performances

Video 7/30/2015: The El Mansouris

The D.C. band is the creative union of artists Alex Braden (Young Rapids, Bella Russia), Drew Hagelin (Cigarette), Margot MacDonald, Sam Raymond (Rival Skies), Sarah Schaffer (Lies About), and Fiona Kohrman. A finalist in NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, the group made its live debut by playing three consecutive sold out performances in February 2015. Presented in collaboration with Listen Local First D.C.

The El Mansouris