Past Event

Comparing Domains of Improvisation: Raymond MacDonald

March 12, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Event Description:

Dr. Raymond MacDonald joins Comparing Domains of Improvisation for a presentation and discussion on his work about psychological approaches to improvisation.

Raymond MacDonald is professor of music psychology and improvisation at the University of Edinburgh. 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 with 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 founding member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. He has a particular interest in cross-disciplinary collaboration and has extensive experience working with artists and filmmakers.

Event Speaker:

  • Raymond MacDonald, Professor and Chair of Music Psychology and Improvisation, University of Edinburgh

Event Information: 

Free and open to the public; RSVP required via Eventbrite. Registered attendees will receive an event link shortly before the seminar begins.

Please contact the group organizer, Jessie Cox ([email protected]), with any questions. This event is sponsored by Columbia University's Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program.