Biografia in english

Drum and music Workshop Rockvilla

Pasi Juvonen, drums and ethnic percussion

“Find Your Inner Drummer”


Already when he was 18, Pasi had begun guiding drummers and bands. In 1988, he started studying music at the Kauhajoki Evangelical School for Pop and Jazz Studies under the supervision of the Oulunkylä Pop and Jazz Conservatory in Helsinki. Of the various teachers from that period, he recalls Anssi Nykänen, Markus Ketola, Marko Timonen, Jari “Kepa” Kettunen, Pete Parkkonen and Jukkis Uotila. Working together with these individuals expanded his vision and interest in music towards latin jazz. In addition to his studies, Pasi was already teaching music at the same school.


The move to Kokkola brought in more gigs, e.g. with Kaarle Big Band and the Finnish Tango Queen Kaija Pohjola as well as work as a studio musician for the artists produced and composed for by Mika Sundqvist. One big achievement of that era was a special recognition in a competition organized by the Billboard magazine. Besides drumming, Pasi also taught at the Kokkola School of Pop and Jazz Studies. In 2002, he graduated as a Musical Pedagogue, with percussion as his major and piano as the minor subject. He fondly remembers two of his most significant teachers Sami Kuoppamäki and Jukka Ojaniemi.


In addition to the pop/jazz -teaching jobs, Pasi has also composed, arranged, played, and/or conducted music for the Chamber Theatre of Jyväskylä, The Youth Workshop of the City of Jyväskylä, the Operetta Theatre Bravo and the Association of Amateur Actors in Lapua. He has also run an entrepreneurial drum workshop called Rockvilla, offering experiences of individual and group drumming and studio work. Since 2007, Pasi has worked at the Jyväskylä Vocational School as the Teacher of Percussion and the Basics of Music.


Along with the teaching, Pasi writes music and does gigs as a free-lance drummer. During his career, he has worked as a fellow band member or accompanied artists such as Mihail aned Marian Petrescu, Pepe Ahlqvist, Johanna Iivanainen, Helena Lindgren, Pentti Hietanen, Arja Koriseva, Jonna Ortju, Isto Hiltunen, Anssi Känsälä, Toby Natri, Dixie Harlem and The Ballet Orchestra. He has also composed music for a movie by Renny Harlin and Markus Selin. In the Election Tour of the National Coalition Party in 2007 Pasi worked as a drummer.

As the years have gone by, the gigs have varied: the genres have ranged from old dance music, pop and rock, jazz, and latin music to free improvisation and the blues. Gigs abroad have taken Pasi to Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Austria.

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