I graduated in Musicology at the University of Salamanca (Spain) in 2001, studying part of my degree at the Music Department of the Royal Holloway (University of London), In 2002 I won a doctoral scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Education to do my PhD at the Department of Archeology and Anthropology at the Institució Milá i Fontanals (Spanish National Research Council). This period of study also included a research stay at the Music Department of the University of Texas at Austin, USA (2004). I completed a PhD in anthropology at the University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2008. My dissertation explored the musical practices of the Cuban diaspora in Barcelona. In 2011 I moved to Lisbon (Portugal) where I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Instituto de Etnomusicologia (INET-MD) of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa thanks to  a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. More recently I have been working as a research fellow at Queen’s University Belfast.

I have been presenting my research regularly in national and international conferences. In 2012, I published my first monograph (Cubaneando en Barcelona. Música, migración y experiencia urbana) in the distinguished collection “Biblioteca de dialectología y tradiciones populares” of the CSIC’s Publications Department (Madrid). I have  giving lectures and courses in many European universities, including University of London, INCIPIT-CSIC, Universidad del País Vasco, Universitat de Barcelona, etc. Since 2012 I have been  teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the Music Department of the Faculdade de Ciềncias Sociais e Humanas (Universidade Nova de Lisboa).

I have extensive experience in the organization and management of research and development activities. I was appointed appointed member of the Board and secretary of the SIBE-Spanish Society for Ethnomusicology (2006-2014). I am also an active member of several international learned societies in the fields of anthropology and music studies (SEM, ICTM, EASA, SIBE). I have contributed to several national and international research projects, participating in the creation and scientific coordination of the research network LXnights, based at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In 2013 I was appointed as editor of TRANS-Transcultural Music Review, a leading scientic journal in the field of music studies in the Spanish-speaking world. I am also member of the Editorial Board of the journal Cadernos de Arte e Antropologia and Archiv für Textmusikforschung. My scientific judgment is often required by different national and international institutions to evaluate academic work.


University of Barcelona, Spain

PhD, Anthropology, 2008.

Dissertation: “¡Esto parece Cuba! Prácticas musicales y cubanía en la diáspora cubana de Barcelona”.

Advisors: Josep Martí (CSIC) and Gemma Orobitg (UB).

University of Barcelona, Spain

Master Degree, Anthropology, 2005.

Dissertation: “Habana-Barcelona, la manufactura de un espacio de ocio cubano en Barcelona”.

Advisors: Josep Martí (CSIC) and Gemma Orobitg (UB).

University of Salamanca, Spain

First Class Honors Degree in History (Major in Musicology),  2001.

Erasmus Mundus stay at the Department of Music, Royal Holloway (University of London), 1999/2000

Dissertation: “Timba y Cubanidad. El aporte de la rumba en la música popular bailable cubana de los noventa”  Advisor: Henry Stobart (Royal Holloway, University of London).

University of Cantabria, Spain

Graduate Degree in Teaching (Fully trained in English as a Foreign language), 1998



Cubaneando” en Barcelona. Música, migración y experiencia urbana. Madrid: CSIC, 2012. ISBN: 978-84-00-09614-4


Book Chapters

  • “Nightlife and urban change in Southern European cities: The case of Montpellier and Lisbon”. In, Exploring Nightlife: Space, Society and Governance, edited by Jordi Nofre and Adam Eldridge. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. 2018 (in press) [co-authored with: Emanuele Giordano, João Carlos Martins and Dominique Crozat]

  • Mapping out the Sounds of Urban Transformation: The Renewal of Lisbon’s Mouraria Quarter”. In, Toward an Anthropology of Ambient Sound. Christine Guillebaud (ed.). NY: Routledge. Anthropology series, pp. 153-167. 2017. ISBN: 978-1-13-880127-1

  • “Timba, rumba and the ‘appropriation from within'”. In, Studies in Latin American Music, edited by Javier León and Helena Simonett. Illinois: Univeristy of Illinois Press, pp. 303-317. 2016. ISBN: 978-0-252-08167-5.

  • “A tematização sonora do lugar. Intervenções no espaço sonoro e requalificação urbana no bairro da Mouraria (Lisboa)”. Cahiers-CoST 4, 2015. ISBN: 979-10-95552-00-0.

  • “Sounding out the Cuban Diaspora in Barcelona: Music, Migration and the Urban Experience”. In, Musical Performance and the Changing City Post-industrial Contexts in Europe and the United States, edited by Fabian Holt and Carsten Wergin. New York: Routledge, pp. 77-101 2013. ISBN: 978-0-415-64486-0

  • “Migration and musical practices in multicultural Spain”. In, Made in Spain Studies in Popular Music, edited by Silvia Martínez and Héctor Fouce. New York: Routledge, pp. 144-154. 2013. ISBN: 978-0-415-50640-3

  • “Imaginación, memoria y afectividad en la vivencia de la migración”, In, Cultura y política ¿Hacia una democracia cultural?, Alvise Vianello (ed.) Barcelona: Fundación CIDOB – Colección Monografías, pp. 57-64. 2010.  ISBN: 978-84-92511-19-18

  • “Bailando a los orichas. Estereotipos, agencia y empoderamiento en la diáspora cubana de Barcelona”. In,  El cuerpo: objeto y sujeto de las ciencias humanas y sociales, Josep Martí (ed.). Madrid: CSIC, 2010. ISBN: 978-84-00-08935-1

  • “Imaginarios del conflicto: miedo y violencia en el contacto intercultural”. In, La dinámica del contacto. Movilidad, encuentro y conflicto ebn las relaciones interculturales, Yago Mellado (ed.) Barcelona: Fundación CIDOB – Colección Monografías, pp. 59-62. 2009. ISBN: 978-84-92511-19-8

  • “Cubanos en diáspora. Nuevos escenarios para la investigación (etno)musicològica”. In, Fiesta y ciudad: Pluriculturalidad e integración, Josep Martí (ed.) Madrid: CSIC, pp. 169-188. 2008. ISBN: 78-84-00-08628-2

  • “Entre la observación y la participación. Por una etnomusicología de/desde los sentidos”. In, Experiència musical, cultura local, Jaume Ayats y Gianni Ginesi (eds.). Consell de Mallorca. Departament de Cultura i Patrimoni, pp. 129-144. 2008. ISBN: 978-84-96069-83-1


Articles in Refereed Journals

  • “Exploring nightlife and urban change in Bairro Alto, Lisbon”. City & Community 16(3): 330-344, 2017 [co-authored with Jordi Nofre, Daniel Mallet, João Martins] ISSN: 1540-6040

  • “’Ai, Mouraria!’ Sound, Tourism and the Emotional Geographies of Urban Renewal in a Lisbon’s Historical Neighborhood”. MUSICultures. 43(2): 66-88, 2016. ISSN 1920-4221.

  • “De barrio maldito a destino “cool”. El papel de la música en la rehabilitación urbana de un barrio tradicional lisboeta: la Mouraria”. In/mediaciones de la Comunicación 10: 20-34, 2015. ISSN:1510-5091

  • “La música i el ball cubans a Barcelona. El rol de la música i la dansa en la creació d’un sentit de comunitat”. Revista d’Etnologia de Catalunya 36: 82-91,  2010. ISSN: 1132-6581

  • “Escoltant la ciutat: del paisatge sonor a l’espai sonor” [co-authored with Anna Juan Cantavella] Revista d’Etnologia de Catalunya 35: 60-66, 2010. ISSN: 1132-6581

  • “Timba, rumba y la “apropiación desde dentro”. TRANS. Revista Transcultural de Música  9,  2005. URL: http://www.redalyc.org/pdf/822/82200905.pdf ISSN: 1697-0101

  • “¡Rumbero, ven a la timba! La timba como espacio de apropiaciones múltiples”. Nassarre: Revista aragonesa de musicología, 21: 77-89, 2005. ISSN: 0213-7305


Edited volumes and special issues

“Cultures urbanes contemporànies” (Special Issue). Revista d’Etnologia de Catalunya 36, 2010. ISSN 1132-6581


Research reports

Acústiques del litoral de Barcelona Una aproximació etnogràfica a l’espai sonor urbà. Co-authored with Noel García, Anna Juan, Claire Guiu and Miguel Alonso. Departament de Cultura. Generalitat de Catalunya, 2010.


Book and CD Reviews

  • “Acoustic Territories”, by Brandon Labelle. TRANS-Revista Transcultural de Música 16, 2012.  ISSN: 1697-0101.

  • “Oye Como Va! Hibridity and Identity in Latino Popular Music, by Deborah Pacini Hernández. TRANS-Revista Transcultural de Música 15, 2011. ISSN: 1697-0101.

  • “Fiesta, identidad y contracultura. Contribuciones al estudio histórico de la gaita en Galicia”, by Javier Campos.  Western Folklore  69(2):258-260, 2010.

  • “Arsenio Rodríguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music”, by David F. García.  TRANS-Revista Transcultural de Música 13, 2009. ISSN: 1697-0101.

  • “Las noches bárbaras. Tercera fiesta de músicos de la calle”, by VV. AA TRANS-Revista Transcultural de Música 13. 2009. ISSN: 1697-0101.

  • “Etnomusicología”, by Enrique Cámara de Landa.  Anuario Musical  59: 297-8, 2004.

  • “Simposio Internacional ‘Prácticas musicales y dimensión festiva’”. Revista de Musicología,  26(2):  760-763, 2003.

CD Reviewer for World Music magazine, 2008-2010.

Blog Posts


    Understanding the role of music and sound in conflict transformation: the Mozambique Case Study
    Ref.: AH/P00816X/1
    Start Date: March 2017 – End Date: December 2017
    PI: Pedro Rebelo (Queen’s University Belfast)
    Number of Researchers: 4
    Hosting Institution: Queen’s University Belfast
    Funding Programme: AHRC/ESRC PaCCS GCRF Conflict and International Development (112.337€)

    Ref.: BIP/ZIP 2015-095
    Start Date: January 2016 – End Date: December 2016
    Number of researchers: 6
    PI: Cristiana Pires (APDES)
    Hosting Institution: Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, APDES.
    Funding Programme: Programa BIP-ZIP 2015 (66.518€)

    Performigrations. People are the Territory
    Ref.: EACEA-545890
    Start Date: March 2014 – End date: March 2016
    PI: Elena Lambertti (University of Bolonia)
    Number of researchers: 26
    Hosting Institution: Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne, Universidade de Bolonia.
    Funding Programme: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency – Culture Cooperation Projects (200.000€)

    LXnights. Exploring Nigthlife and Urban Tranformations in Contemporary Lisbon.
    Start Date: June 2014 – End Date: 2016
    PI: Jordi Nofre (FCSH/NOVA)
    Number of researchers: 8
    Hosting Institutions: CESNOVA-FCSH/UNL, INET-MD-FCSH/UNL and CIES-IUL
    Website: http://lxnights.hypotheses.org/

    La presentación social del cuerpo en el contexto de la globalización y la multiculturalidad.
    Ref.: Plan Nacional de I+D SEJ2007-60792
    Start date: 2007 -End date: 2010
    PI: Josep Martí (CSIC)
    Number of researchers: 6
    Hosting institution: Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC)
    Funding Programme: Plan Nacional de I+D, Spanish Ministry of Education and Science

    Acústiques del creixement urbà. L’expressió sonora de les transformacions urbanes de Barcelona.
    Start date: June 2007 – End date: June 2009
    IP: Noel García (UAB)
    Co-IP: Iñigo Sánchez Fuarros
    Number of researchers: 5
    Hosting institution: Orquesta del Caos
    Funding agency: Departament de Cultura i Mitjans de Comunicació (Catalan Government) (10.000€)

    Fiesta y ciudad: pluriculturalidad e integración.
    Ref: Plan Nacional de I+D, BSO2001-0653
    Start date: 2002 – End date: 2004
    PI: Josep Martí (CSIC)
    Number of researchers: 4
    Hosting institution: Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC)
    Funding Programme: Plan Nacional de I+D, Spanish Ministry of Education and Science.

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