Afterparty in the Afterlife
Chance Kunga is the youngest member of a musical family (father - flute/recorder, mother - piano/voice, brother - acoustic bass, sister - Latin percussion). He began his musical journey at age eight, studying drums with Cleveland Orchestra percussionist Carol Roberdeau. Later he learned drum corps technique from Dave Brewer and jazz big-band stylings from Bob McKee. Chance studied western European classical and jazz theory at Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, before relocating to Boston where he resumed his drum studies with modern jazz stalwarts Bob Gullotti and Bob Kaufman. Chance played drums in a slew of bands throughout the 80's and 90's that spanned rock, punk, soul, funk, reggae, and experimental. In 1987 he began producing MIDI-based dance music on an Atari 1040ST computer, while studying keyboard, composition and arrangement with producer/keyboardist Craig Najjar. My the end of the 90's, UK breakbeat in general and the Asian Underground scene in particular inspired Chance to give up playing drums in bands to focus his musical energies completely on computer-based production as Notecrusher. Afterparty in the Afterlife is Notecrusher's first full-length album. It features the voices of Tibetan master Chemey Youdon Dhonsar, Guinean griot Batrou Diabate, thirteen year old chanteuse Shani Flaum, and other performers from around the globe, interwoven with Chance's breakbeat and electro-funk beats.