Puro Paju

  • Part-time teacher, GLOBAL MUSIC (instrumental studies), global pedagogy, transcultural ensemble, Global music, Sibelius Academy

Job description

Electric bass, ensemble playing and Latin American music


-Pohjois-Helsingin Bändikoulu: music theory and ensemble playing

2001-2003 and 2005-2007


-ETOS (learning center for performing arts) folk high school/music department , Järvenpää : music theory, ensemble playing, Afrocuban music, World music, Irish music, improvisation etc.  2006-> 

Also working as senior teacher in the music department 2010-2013


-Sibelius Academy, Department of music education, Helsinki :

Bass,  Latin American music ensemble 2008->


-Internet-music school Rockway : bass, Latin American music 2009->


-Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, degree program in pop and jazz music:  Workshops on Afrocuban music 2010-2013


-Keskuspuisto Vocational College , musician´s degree program: Workshop on Afrocuban music 2014


Artistic activities

-Worked as freelance musician since 1994 performing actively around Finland and also abroad (f ex Germany, France, Estonia,Kenya, Cuba, Norway, Scotland)

-During these twenty years there have been over 1000 gigs in numerous festivals, clubs and events

-Also performed in radio and TV and music theatre

-The groups have represented various genres of music from pop/rock/jazz genres to world music (f ex Latin American music, Irish music, different kinds of musical fusions)

-Has done also some arranging and song writing 



Bands and ensembles f ex:



Salsa DIP 1997-2006

Escuela del Son 1997-1999 

Tri Cohiba 1997-2005

Yoel Terry Latin Band 1999-2000

Son Sabroson 1999->  

Oro Negro 2000-2001

Tumbao Picante 2000-2004

Con Sabor 2000-2007

Ambiente Moderno 2001-2003

Fruta Fresca 2005-2007

Son Mercedes 2006->

Con Alma2007-2010

Alexander Bravo 2010-> 

Los Fabulosos 2010->




World music:

Badu Ndjai band 1996-1998  (Senegalese)

Mick&Tommy trio 1998-2005 (Irish)

Coraçao Vagabundo 2003-2009  (Brasilian)

Quarteto Mercedes 2007->  (latin)

Minni Ilmonen&The Helsinki Koto Ensemble 2009->   (Japanese/Finnish)

PKO (A.Paju, H.Risku, J.Romppanen)  2013->  (Around the world)



Bad Eye 2002->

Likka 2004->

Ladies First Big Band 2005-2012

Varmat Päivät 2005-> 

Dookie Knights 2005-2007

Vinyl Jam 2009-2011



Northern Lights Big Band 1995 

Gilda& the Girls 1996-2003




Music theatre (as a musician):


-Moulin Rouge-stage performance (2010, Porvoo)

-Meri Verissä- musical (2011, Ikaalinen)

-Nightmare before Christmas- stage performance (2012, Porvoo)

-Penny Lane-stage performance (2014, Porvoo)

-Yhdet Vielä Ja Sitten Lasku-show (2014, Porvoo, Helsinki, Oulu)



  • Bass
  • Latin American music
  • Cuban music
  • Ensemble playing
  • Band instruments
  • World music