The project

Background and description

The Delyramus project is the result of two years of work promoted by the Ramón Rey Ardid Foundation in collaboration with the School of Violeros of Zaragoza. Both entities found synergies to design joint actions around the ancient music and the traditions of the violeros that arose in the heart of the city of Zaragoza in the 14th century but that soon spread to the rest of Spain and Europe. In these two years, both entities have worked on the dissemination of ancient music through the recovery of heritage and traditional techniques of violeros, with the active participation of people with disabilities associated with a mental deseases.

The result of these actions was the design and construction of a new musical instrument called Ratatranta, whose objective is that it can be used by any person and it makes possible to feel the music through different senses and that integrates a set of subsequent actions in which the instrument it comes alive and becomes the axis of a series of participatory activities and sensory workshops run by the participants themselves.

This experience has had a great impact on both national and international media.

During this period, other European entities willing to work for the same objectives joined together: ADM Estrela de Guarda (Portugal), which brings its experience in innovative actions for the social integration of people with disabilities; the Association Centro Storico de Napoles (Italy) that offers its experience in the dynamization of cultural activities in community spaces and the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid that collaborates as an entity of higher education, to give the project a scientific and methodological approach.

The project will be promoted and coordinated from Saragossa (Spain), as it is hometown of violeros (luthiers) and some instrumental typologies belonging to the European heritage that are extinct and seek to recover.


  • Connecting Early Music and the work of violeros (luthiers) with collectives with disabilities.
  • Design of new ways of audience development.
  • Help European artists/cultural professionals and their works reach as many people as possible across Europe.
  • Recovering and promoting a European heritage


The period of project is 2 years (September 2018 – July2019) to carry out the following activities:

  1. Recovering of 14 instruments in order to play early music.
  2. Study on the the European organological heritage of the XIV, XV, XVI and XVII centuries.
  3. Study on improving the social and cultural inclusion of persons with disabilities through new methodologies such as music, art and other cultural activities.
  4. 12 talks in Primary Schools and High Schools.
  5. 2 methodological seminars within the Master’s Degree in Teacher Training of the Uni RJC (Madrid) and the Master’s Degree in Advanced Teaching Skills of Uni RJC (Madrid).
  6. Mentoring 3 master thesis and 3 thesis of bachelor related to DELYRAMUS.
  7. Analysis report on the level of accessibility of 30 museums and improvement proposals.
  8. Design of 4 types of artistic creation workshops for people with disabilities related to the promotion of Early Music and violeros (painting, storytelling, multisensory instrument, performances).
  9. Co-production of a traveling exhibition throughout Europe.
  10. Organization of 3 European cultural events: at Guarda (Portugal), Saragossa (Spain) y Napoli (Italy).
  11. Production of a 25 ‘documentary video about the co-production of the traveling exhibition and the 3 European cultural events.
  12. Production of a video-story about the life of the violeros (luthiers), narrated by people with disabilities, with images of the paintings created by the participants in the workshops of artistic creation.