Juha Matti Varvikko started playing the bass guitar at the age of twelve. Since then he has added other string instruments and percussion to his list as well. Juha studied the bass at the Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory and Espoo Music Institute as a teenager, but his degree is in Social and Cultural Anthropology. He specializes in the anthropology of music, more exactly the traditional musical styles of coastal Peru. While doing research for his master’s thesis in Lima, he studied the cajón drum with the renowned Afro-Peruvian musician, the late Manuel ‘Mangüé’ Vásquez. Currently, Juha performs in different bands with repertoires ranging from Latin American folk to indie rock and electronic music, and also works as a sound engineer, both live and in studio. He has been teaching occasionally since 2005, and lately on a more regular basis as a member of International School of Music Finland’s teaching team.

In the following links you can hear Juha playing different instruments, with his bands The Quiet Calls, Grupo Ondú and La Gallada:
– Double bass: https://youtu.be/ZlQ1jAUUE2w
– Electric bass: https://youtu.be/HFXwmGcvtC0
– Acoustic guitar: https://youtu.be/dcug2uLnbn8
– Andean charango: https://youtu.be/t7b39kO0qGI
– Irish bouzouki: https://youtu.be/M7cVgnFw_ww
– Synthesizers: https://youtu.be/-bJCAlTocaY
– Percussion (cajón): https://youtu.be/EDKx8ItaQ-M

To hear examples of his songwriting and arrangements, please visit:
– https://brightnessbrigade.bandcamp.com
 https://thequietcalls.bandcamp.com

Some of Juha’s recent music production, recording, mixing and mastering references can be found on his website: http://www.rahakissa.com