A native of Tampere since his early twenties,
Ville Rauhala was born in the neighbouring
rural municipality of Kangasala in 1976. He has
taken double bass lessons at the Pirkanmaa
Music Institute and studied ethnomusicology
at the University of Tampere for a period of ten
years at the turn of the Millennium.
One of his most long-standing collaborators is
saxophonist Masa Orpana, another Kangasala-
based musician and a prominent figure of the
North Tavastia jazz and rhythm & blues scene.
The men have performed and recorded
together in line-ups such as Olmarin Unioni
ever since the early 1990s.
Rauhala’s path to a fully-fledged professional
musicianship commenced in the mid-1990s in
the ranks of various roots bands