Prof Raymond MacDonald

Home Institution:

Reid School of Music, Edinburgh University (UK)


After completing his PhD in Psychology at the University of Glasgow, investigating therapeutic applications of music, Raymond worked as Artistic Director for a music company, Sounds of Progress, specialising in working with people who have special needs. He joined the School of Music in 2012 having worked at Glasgow Caledonian University previously.  He has published over 70 papers and co-edited four texts Musical Identities (2002) and Musical Communication (2005) Music Health and Wellbeing (2012) and Musical Imaginations (2012). His ongoing research focuses on issues relating to improvisation, psychology of music, music health and wellbeing, musical identities and music education.  His work includes studying the processes and outcomes of music participation and music listening

As a saxophonist and composer his work is informed by a view of improvisation as a social, collaborative and uniquely creative process that provides opportunities to develop new ways of working musically. Collaborating with musicians such as Evan Parker, David Byrne, Jim O’Rourke and Marilyn Crispell, he has released over 50 CDs and toured and broadcast worldwide. He has produced music for film, television, theatre and art installations and is a founder member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. He has a particular interest in cross disciplinary collaboration and has extensive experience of working with artists and filmmakers. A recent Creative Scotland Vital Spark Award has allowed him to develop an innovative collaborative project with visual artist Martin Boyce and filmmaker David MacKenzie that experiments with new forms of performative work that adapts to gallery, concert hall and cinema spaces.



Supporting Materials

1. VIDEO: We are all musical (Lecture. Raymond MacDonald / TEDx University of Edinburgh)

[Improvisation is a multifaceted but often overlooked area of music. In this talk Professor Raymond MacDonald of the University of Edinburgh demonstrates that despite what we may think, we are all musical. Professor MacDonald is the head of the School of Music at Edinburgh University.]

2. LINK: Artist Homepage

3. VIDEO: Longing 2-4k

[Jo Ganter/Ray MacDonald]

4. VIDEO: Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra

[Uploaded by GlasgowImprovisers on 2013-06-20.]