Infused with Sparkian drama and pathos, the music draws the listener into intimate sound worlds where breezy melodies melt seamlessly into freewheeling collective improvisations. Live visuals and electronics help to create thrilling and expansive music that moves from tear-jerkingly fragile to joyous and celebratory in a heartbeat.
‘Mighty and glorious. Music this articulate is rare in any style of music’ (Jazzwise).
‘Exhilarating music. It eliminates the boundaries not just between composition and improvisation but between cultures and idioms’ (Sydney Morning Herald).
Equally comfortable working in concert halls, galleries, cinemas and non-conventional spaces, Raymond MacDonald is a cross disciplinary artist working primary in music as a saxophonist and composer. With a particular interest in collaborative creativity, his work is informed by his training as a psychologist and his view of improvisation as a social and uniquely creative process that explores the boundaries and ambiguities between what is conventionally seen as improvisation and composition.
With a background in jazz and pop music, coupled with a passion for graphic scores, free improvisation and visual art, he has collaborated widely and has released over 60 CDs, toured and broadcast worldwide, and created music for film, television, theatre, radio and art installations.
A founding member of the ground-breaking Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, as an individual, MacDonald has worked a host of outstanding musicians working across the spectrum of contemporary music, including Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Evan Parker, David Byrne and Jim O’Rourke. He also has an ongoing collaboration, Scarecrows & Lighthouses, with visual artist Martin Boyce and film maker David MacKenzie. He is Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation at Edinburgh University and lectures, publishes and runs workshops internationally.
Part of the Made in Scotland showcase.