Raymond MacDonald (b. 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland) lives in Glasgow and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Raymond MacDonald is a saxophonist and composer whose 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 David Byrne, Jim O’Rourke, Evan Parker 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. Much of his work explores the boundaries and ambiguities between what is conventionally seen as improvisation and composition. 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. He is professor of music psychology and improvisation and Head of Music at University of Edinburgh.
MacDonald collaborates widely and has worked with visual artists, dancers, writers and filmmakers and has produced music for film, television, theatre and the concert hall. He has an ongoing project (Scarecrows and Lighthouses) with visual artist Martin Boyce and film director David MacKenzie that experiments with new forms of performative work that will adapts to gallery, concert hall and cinema spaces.