Juan Chiavassa is a drummer from Venado Tuerto, Argentina and currently lives in Brooklyn, US. He was born in 1991 and started playing drums at the age of 9.
He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2016, where he has been studying since 2013, thanks to a Scholarship he received after attending Escuela de Música Contemporánea in Buenos Aires. In 2015 he was awarded with the Avedis ZIldjian Award Scholarship. In the same year he recorded his first EP, “Piscis”, featuring all his original compositions. He did a tour in 2016 in Argentina promoting his record.
Juan played drums for more than 15 years, but since he started doing this professionally at the age of 21, he had the opportunity to study and also work with artists such as John Patitucci, Terence Blanchard, George Garzone, David Kikoski, Paquito D'Rivera, Leo Genovese, Benito Gonzalez, Dayramir Gonzalez, Kenny Werner, Victor Wooten, Oscar Stagnaro, Bob Moses, Pablo Ziegler, Ruben Rada, Hugo Fattoruso, Ricardo Nole, Gonzalo Aloras, Javier Malosetti, Lito Nebbia, among others.
In 2017, Juan did a tour in Italy with his group Tano Trio, featuring reknown pianist David Kikoski. The following year he performed as part of David Kikoski Quartet at Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, and other music festivals in Argentina.
His group Tano Trio recently released an album produced by the italian record label Jando Music from Rome. The record "Close but Far" features pianist Leo Genovese, and it was presented on Tour in Italy in July 2018, also featuring the great saxophonist George Garzone.
Juan is an active musician who is currently residing in NYC, performing in venues around the city such as Smalls, Fat Cat, 55 Bar, Mezzrow, Minton's, Nublu, among others, as well as doing recordings and producing musical projects, both as a leader and as a sideman. He has performed music tours in US, Canada, Japan, Italy, Spain, Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay, with different musical projects.
In 2019 Juan performed at The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon with rap superstar and multi-Grammy winning artist Residente and Bad Bunny.
His versatile style and listening skills allows him to adapt his voice on drums to a real wide variety of musical situations, such as Jazz and improvised music as well as other genres like Latin Music, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, Blues, Ethnic, etc.