Juha Matti Varvikko started playing the bass guitar at the age of twelve and eventually added other string instruments and percussion to his musical skills. Juha studied at the Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory and Espoo Music Institute as a teenager and eventually earned his degree is in Social and Cultural Anthropology, specializing 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. To hear examples of his songwriting and arrangements, please visit:
– https://brightnessbrigade.bandcamp.com

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

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