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Olavi Louhivuori

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Origin  Finland
Role  Composer
Occupation(s)  Musician, composer
Genres  Jazz

Instruments  Drums
Name  Olavi Louhivuori
Music group  Ilmiliekki Quartet
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Born  13 July 1981 (age 34) Jyvaskyla (1981-07-13)
Albums  March of the Alpha Males, Time Is Now, Astral Fishing, Inhale Exhale
Similar People  Mats Eilertsen, Verneri Pohjola, Antti Lotjonen, Emma Salokoski, Dave Stapleton

Music director  How Deep Is The Ocean?

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Olavi Louhivuori (born 13 July 1981 in Jyväskylä, Finland) is a Finnish jazz drummer and composer, the leader of his own ensemble Oddarrang, and also performer within several other bands. He is married to the singer Emma Salokoski.


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Louhivuori was raised in a musical family. His father is professor at the Department of Music University of Jyväskylä and his mother, a violinist and music educator. Each of the five children in his family was taught to play instruments. Louhivuori started to play violin at four, and changed to cello and piano when eight. When he was nine years of age he changed to drums and founded his first band together with classmate Joona Toivanen.

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When in Cygnaeus high school (1997), he played within Joona Toivanen Trio, as well as joining gigs at local jam sessions. In 1998 he attended the jazz program at Finnish Music Conservatory, graduating in 2002, and then moved to Helsinki, and joined the Sibelius Academy to study jazz music with Jukkis Uotila. In 2005–2006, he studied composition under the guidance of Sonny Heinilä.

Louhivuori has with different line-ups composed two works for the Jyväskylä Big Band.


Louhivuori initiated the Finnish experimental Jazz ensemble Oddarrang in 2003. The band includes trombonist Ilmari Pohjola, cellist Osmo Ikonen, guitarist Lasse Sakara, as well as bassist Lasse Lindgren. Oddarrang's debut album Music Illustrated (2006), was awarded Jazz-Emmy in 2006.

In 2008 he released his first solo album, Inhale Exhale, on Texicalli Records. This is a solo percussion album, where Louhivuori demonstrates his broad abilities.

Louhivuori also plays in the bands Ilmiliekki Quartet, Alexi Tuomarila Trio, Joona Toivanen, Olavi Trio and SUN. He has three times been involved in winning the Nordic countries Nordic Jazz Comets races in: Joona Toivanen trio in 2000, Ilmiliekki Quartet in 2002. and the Sun, in 2006. In addition, he has played with, among others, UMO Jazz Orchestra Tomasz Stanko, Jon Balke, Marilyn Crispell, Teppo Tomb-aho, Jukka Perko, Rooster Sakari and M. A. Numminen.

Solo albums

  • 2008: Inhale Exhale (Texicalli Records)
  • 2014: Existence! (Eclipse Music)
  • With Oddarrang

  • 2006: Music Illustrated (Texicalli Records)
  • 2012: Cathedral (Texicalli Records)
  • 2013: In Cinema (Edition Records)
  • 2016: Agartha (Edition Records)
  • With Olavi Trio & Friends

  • 2012: Triologia (TUM Records)
  • Collaborations

    With Joona Toivanen Trio

  • 2000: Numurkah (JTT Records)
  • 2002: Enchantment (JTT Records)
  • 2006: Frost (Blue Note)
  • With Ilmiliekki Quartet

  • 2003: March of the Alpha Males (TUM Records)
  • 2006: Take It With Me (TUM Records)
  • With Alexi Tuomarila Trio
  • 2006: Constellation (Jazzaway Records)
  • 2013: Seven Hills (Edition Records)
  • With Piirpauke

  • 2006: Kalabalik
  • With Tomasz Stanko Quintet

  • 2009: Dark Eyes (ECM Records)
  • With Mats Eilertsen

  • 2009: Radio Yonder (Hubro), including with Tore Brunborg and Thomas T. Dahl
  • With Mark O'Leary

  • 2012: Astral Fishing Extended Edition (TIB Production Italy), including with Teppa Hauta-aho
  • References

    Olavi Louhivuori Wikipedia