Meeting on March 12th 2021 – Dr. Raymond MacDonald

On March 12th 2021 at 1pm ET, we are happy to welcome Dr Raymond MacDonald. Please RSVP here:

The Art of Becoming: Psychological Approaches to Improvisation.  

Raymond MacDonald is Professor of Music Psychology and improvisation at Edinburgh University.  After completing his PhD in Psychology at the University of Glasgow, investigating therapeutic applications of music, he worked as Artistic Director for a music company, Sounds of Progress, specializing in working with people who have special needs.  He has published over 70 papers, was editor of the Journal Psychology of Music between 2006-2012 and has co-edited five texts:  Musical Identities (2002), Musical Communication (2005), Music Health and Wellbeing (2012), Musical Imaginations (2012) and the Handbook of Music Identities (in press).   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.