Chandra Shukla (b. 1975) created XAMBUCA before performing a debut performance in Berkeley, CA on April 20, 1995 came up with the nonsensical moniker. He formed them from letters left over from a Scrabble game that spelled out what has come to be known as 'XAMBUCA'. It was this that prompted the need for a name and the beginnings of an ongoing collaborative project that was completely free of genre, form, context or musicality with a rotating arsenal of sonic guests. Though now in 2019, the lineup for XAMBUCA consists solely of Chandra Shukla (sound) and more often on the rare occasion video collaborations with Geo Lynx (video). XAMBUCA has performed internationally and continues to produce, record and perform live.