After completing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Glasgow, applying personal construct theory to family studies, Graeme moved to the Music Psychology research group at Glasgow Caledonian University, followed by research in public health and teaching saxophone at Newcastle University. He has published more than 20 journal articles and book chapters, including work with Prof Raymond MacDonald on identities among musicians.
With research interests in jazz and improvised music, identities, discourse and qualitative methodologies, he joined the School of Music in 2014 to develop research on group improvisation across the arts and to implement the Scottish Music and Health Network. His musical practice as a saxophonist and composer reflects these interests, exploring interactive processes and selected texts as referents for collective improvisation.
A founding member of Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, Graeme is featured on over 25 CD releases, including recent albums by the group ACV, and has performed nationally and abroad with musicians such as George Lewis, Evan Parker, and Julian Siegel. His commissioned works for saxophone quartet, jazz orchestra and large improvising ensemble have been performed at venues including Sage, Gateshead and Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden.
He ran music workshops around Strathclyde for individuals with special needs with Sounds of Progress (now Limelight), and his collaborations with visual artists include pre-recorded soundscapes for a multi-media installation by Cath Keay and live interaction with improvised film performance for Gair Dunlop and Dan Norton. He is the Principal Investigator of the Concurrent Research Network, which is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh to explore interdisciplinary improvising through research and practice.