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BANDHADA was formed in mid-1983 under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Chile by five young people trying to shape their musical interests through a musical language that mixed jazz-fusion and progressive rock. Juan Coderch on drums, student of Percussion, Alfonso Feeley, on keyboards, student of Sound Engineering, together with Juan Carlos Neumann on flute and Francis Philip Clark on bass, began developing a unique language with mainly compositions of guitarist Carlos Chung. Eventually, this new music quintet was widely accepted in cultural circles of the time, with performances in cafes, theaters and university events, and was the first band to perform a concert at Sala Isidora Zegers (Faculty of Arts, University of Chile).

In 1985 BANDHADA undergoes a change in its musical direction to a more popular proposal, becoming one of the first pop bands of the '80s. That same year Alfonso left the band and joined the newly formed band Cinema. The group decides to experiment with vocalist Laura Levet and then Paty Valenzuela, who recorded their first single "Let's dance." Like other chilean pop bands, Bandhada, as a quartet, signed a contract with EMI to record their first album. The self-titled album was released in 1987 and includes the ballad "Desire" which quickly becomes their most popular and one of the most representative songs of the period. That year we see Bandhada appearing at various venues throughout Chile and also in television shows.

In 1988, Alfonso, who already was working with Alvaro Scaramelli as keyboardist, helps the group to produce two new songs that are presented to the record company as a preview of the new material, but the record labels had already changed the attitude towards pop music negatively, which did not allow the release of a new album. The following year Francis Philip participated as bass player in "La Banda del Pequeno Vicio". Bandhada disbanded in the late 80's when Carlos Chung travels to the U.S. In 1991, we see the last Bandhada members collaboration in Chile when Alfonso produces two songs; one from Carlos and another one of his own, for the young performer Lorena Tirraferri (vocals).

Because of the publishing of "BANDHADA 1984" by label "Mylodon Records" in 2005, three of the original members, Chung, Feeley and Clark, now based in Los Angeles, California, decided to restructure the band inviting Eduardo Correa, a prominent chilean percussionist who had previously participated in "De-Kiruza", as BANDHADA's official drummer. BANDHADA released a new album in 2009 called "OPEN CAGE" recorded in the United States, also for label "Mylodon Records". In this new CD, Bandhada explores the initial proposal of the band which in the opinion of its members was not fully developed in the band's beginnings, but it deserved a review under the new sound standards of these current times.

After the release of "Open Cage", Bandhada's formation suffered another change. Eduardo Correa left the band as he moved to Chile. Shortly after, Chung, Clark and Feeley started auditioning for a replacement. Dean McCall, seasoned drummer from L.A., was chosen, and Carlos Dominguez, saxophonist, also joined the band.

Between 2013 and 2014 Bandhada went through more changes. Dean McCall, Carlos Dominguez and Alfonso Feeley left the band. The current formation includes, besides founder members Carlos Chung and Francis Philip Clark, Miguel Ibarra on drums, Cesar Ventura on percussion and Anton Gonzales on saxo.