A self-confessed ‘humanities geek in the body of a musician,’ Alexander Douglas now divides his time between music and language.
Alexander was born in Tanzania to parents who hail from Guyana – the only English-speaking country in South America. He completed his secondary education in the UK before moving to London to study. This became a ten-year project and then has since continued elsewhere – encompassing both musicology and ethnomusicology, classical music traditions from Europe, several parts of Asia and the Middle East, folk/vernacular traditions from all around the world, Western vernacular traditions including jazz, anthropology, African language literatures, post-colonial theory, philosophy, cultural theory, theology and more – along with music performance traditions from classical choral conducting to klezmer music as a clarinettist…and he hasn’t finished yet! His most recent interest is in the area of mental health – and particularly its relationship to language, culture, cognition, religious identity and praxis, artistic practice and identity – and wider community.
Alexander is a fairly rare beast in the sense that he is a ‘conservative’ Bible-believing Christian with deep interests in Continental philosophy as well as Scripture and now contributes to church life as a theological thinker (notorious in certain circles for never giving ‘straight’ answers to questions!). He contends that many Christians have settled for easy answers to difficult questions and regularly engages with those whose presuppositions are diametrically opposed to his own – to the frequent profit of all parties. He has now started a project called Cognitive Ministries that will seek to join all the other ministry enterprises that have adopted Anselm’s motto: “faith seeking understanding.” However, Cognitive Ministries is quietly aspiring toward a long-term project of developing an actual faith-based mental health charity that will serve the wider community.
He is also the director of ADM Productions, the enterprise that covers a number of his professional musical activities.