Linda Burman-Hall, Artistic Director of the Baroque Festival, is a performer and cultural musicologist with decades of activity in research on performance practices, improvisation and in the history of music. As a scholar-performer and Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she relates regional styles and fashions in music to cultural context, and describes, analyzes, and performs historically-and culturally-informed realizations and improvisations on musical materials. Audio recordings of Burman-Hall’s ensemble and solo work are available on the Kleos, GoldenHorn, MSR, East Meets West, New Albion, and Koustic Music labels and often heard on National Public Radio.
Despite a full range of activity in western music performance and directing, she maintains a parallel career as a research ethnomusicologist, and has published articles on Southern American folk fiddling, traditional and contemporary Balinese and Sundanese gamelan, African pianism, Ottoman music performance, and recently several articles about the shamanic songs referencing the endemic gibbons (Hylobates klossii) and the cultural context of the shamanic religion of the Mentawai archipelago of Indonesia, west of Sumatra.
Recently, UC-Santa Cruz appointed Linda Burman-Hall Edward A Dickson Emerita Professor for 2019-2023, an honor that will result in a free-to-the-public concert of Celtic music October 9, 2022 at the Veteran’s Hall in downtown Santa Cruz featuring music of Irish harpist-composer Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738)
honoring his 350th birthday.
Vice – President