Raymond MacDonald

Raymond MacDonald is a saxophonist and composer who has released over 60 CDs and toured and broadcast worldwide. He has written music for film, television, theatre, radio and art installations and much of his work explores the boundaries and ambiguities between what is conventionally seen as improvisation and composition.

He has collaborated with musicians such as Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Evan Parker, David Byrne and Jim O’Rourke, is a founding member of The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and has long standing collaboration with Scottish guitarist George Burt

He plays in many collaborative free improvisatory contexts and his roots in jazz and pop music can also be heard in his playing and writing. 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.   He also has an ongoing collaboration, Scarecrows and Lighthouses, with artist Martin Boyce and film maker David MacKenzie and is Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation at Edinburgh University and lectures, publishes and runs workshops internationally.




Travelling Light | Touring | Interview

Running under bridges | info

Parallel Moments CD | Review

Short film about
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra



Collaboration with Martin Boyce &

David Mackenzie

Raymond MacDonald and Marliyn Crispell collaborate with visual artist Jo Ganter

Scarecrows & Lighthouses

Raymond MacDonald and friends

The Glad Cafe Glasgow 2017

  1. Longing
  2. Speedboat Taxi
  3. Isabella in 1873
  4. Wonder Woman
  5. Down at the Tonne
  6. musegain song

Raymond MacDonald

The Man with Two Brains