Investigators


Graeme Wilson

Graeme Wilson

Graeme is a Research Fellow at Reid School of Music , ECA, University of Edinburgh developing research on group improvisation across the arts and managing the Scottish Music and Health Network.

After completing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Glasgow in 2004, Graeme moved to the Music Psychology research group at Glasgow Caledonian University, followed by research in public health and teaching saxophone at Newcastle University. He has published more than 20 journal articles and book chapters, including work identities among musicians.

His musical practice as a saxophonist and composer explores interactive processes and selected texts as referents for collective improvisation. A founding member of Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, he is featured on over 25 CD releases, including recent albums by the group ACV, and has performed nationally and abroad with musicians such as George Lewis, Evan Parker, and Julian Siegel.

His commissioned works for saxophone quartet, jazz orchestra and large improvising ensemble have been performed at venues including Sage, Gateshead and Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden. He ran music workshops around Strathclyde for individuals with special needs with Sounds of Progress (now Limelight), and his collaborations with visual artists include pre-recorded soundscapes for a multi-media installation by Cath Keay and live interaction with improvised film performance for Gair Dunlop and Dan Norton.


Raymond MacDonald

Raymond MacDonald

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 Reid School of Music at ECA, University of Edinburgh 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.