International Society for Improvised Music 9th Festival & Conference 2016

  • Graeme Wilson (Speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


Duo performance & discussion with Una MacGlone: Duo performance proposed for ISIM 2016: Una MacGlone (double bass): Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone): Reid School of Music, ECA, University of Edinburgh, 12 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9DF, United Kingdom The proposed duo performance involves tenor saxophonist Graeme Wilson and double bass player Una MacGlone, both founding members of Glasgow Improvisers orchestra in the United Kingdom and leading improvisers of long standing. Recent psychological research by Dr Wilson & Professor Raymond MacDonald at University of Edinburgh has suggested a model for the processes of choice experienced by an individual in group improvisation, albeit at a subconscious level. As one stage of an iterative cycle of theory and practice, this duo will undertake an improvised performance using the research diagram as a visual score to guide conscious choices through a series of times. By considering parallels between the constraints imposed by the score and the experience of undertaking such choice in a completely free setting of musical improvisation, theory can directly inform improvising practice, the outcome of which will in turn feed back to the process of psychological theorising. Source: Wilson, Graeme B., and Raymond AR MacDonald. "Musical choices during group free improvisation: A qualitative psychological investigation." Psychology of Music (2015): 0305735615606527.
Period15 May 2016
Event typeConference
LocationWaterloo, Guelph & Toronto, Ontario, Canada


  • music
  • Improvisation
  • psychology
  • group
  • saxophone
  • double bass