At the age of 54, Marlene Kuntz’s drummer and co-founder, Luca Bergia passed away.
What Happened to Luca Bergia?
The passing of Luca Bergia, the legendary bandleader and drummer of Marlene Kuntz, devastated the rock community. He was discovered dead in his Cuneo, Italy, home this morning (March 23). He was 54 years old. By the end of 2020, he announced his retirement from the music industry, and since then, he has worked as a middle school science teacher.
The funeral will be held on a highly private date and will be announced soon.
He was discovered dead on Thursday morning in his Cuneo apartment. On the morning of March 23, 2023, Bergia passed away at home. He was 54 years old. A legendary drummer and the creator of Marlene Kuntziconic’s band in the Italian independent scene, Luca Bergia was 54 years old.
Together with his siblings Antonello and Elisabetta, Luca also left behind his two children Tommaso and Alessandro. The funeral’s date will be chosen later. At this time, it is unknown what caused the death. Friends and families have been posting condolences on social media since the news broke.
Luca Bergia Drummer and Founder of Marlene Kunz
Luca Bergia, a native of the Granda capital, has been playing the drums and other percussion instruments with incredible skill since he was very young. He is also quite passionate about music and finds biology to be fascinating. Guitarists, Riccardo Tesio and Bergia formed the first Marlene Kuntz lineup in 1988.
They frequently gathered with other musician friends at Bergia’s house. The following winter, Bassist Franco Ballatore joined the band, and they were able to locate a practice area at Confreria di Cuneo. Cristiano Godano, a vocalist and guitarist who joined the group in 1989, took on the role of the group’s frontman in 1994. He also composed “Catartica,” the album’s lyrical masterpiece, which helped launch them into significant national platforms.
Luca Bergia has had a long and successful career, performing in hundreds of live shows, and is the star of 10 studio albums, the most recent of which was released in 2016 (“Long wait”). From there, the band embarks on a first-ever club tour of Europe, stopping in Paris, Brussels, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, and Italy, as well as taking part in Rome’s May Day event. The Sanremo 2012 competition with the song “Canzone per un figli,” several performances in Italy and abroad, and collaborations with Patti Smith, Skin, Howie B, Rob Ellis, Greg Cohen, and Paolo Conte at the Venice Biennale and Theatre Stabile of Turin took place in between.
Covid Impacted Bergia
After Covid, Bergia departed the rock band in 2020 to focus on his teaching career and personal transformation. He was a beloved and well-respected science teacher at Madonna dell’Olmo di Cuneo and Chiusa Pesio middle schools, where his pupils and coworkers attended. He was replaced by Sergio Carnevale in the Marines, who had recorded the most recent song, “Karma Clima,” which was published in 2022.
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