Jaume Ayats, ethnomusicologist and violinist, completed his PhD in Arts-Musicology at the University Autonoma of Barcelona in 1997 and received a Diplôme D’Études Approfondies in Ethnomusicology at the l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales of Paris in 1992. He has taught Traditional Music and Ethnomusicology at the Universitat Autónoma of Barcelona since 1998. Director of the Museu de la Música de Barcelona since october 2012.
Dr. Ayats has undertaken fieldwork on oral traditional music all around Catalunya, Mallorca and Valencia, and has taken part as an ethnomusicologist in a French-Venezuelan project on the Pumé from Venezuela. He has published articles on ethnomusicology and traditional music in several French and Spanish journals and is co-author of many books as well as being editor of some CDs and DVDs published by the Fonoteca de Materials de la Generalitat Valenciana, the Fonoteca de Música Tradicional Catalana and the Consell de Mallorca.
Among his main interests are: performance of traditional vocal music, Catalonian musical instruments, ballads and singing dances.