Perla Batalla

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Perla Batalla consistently earns critical acclaim for her unique voice and culture-merging compositions.  Formerly a Leonard Cohen back-up singer, the Los Angeles born vocalist launched her solo career with Cohen’s encouragement. Since then she’s recorded seven albums, been featured in films and television, and taken her unique sound on tour in some of the most prestigious venues around the world. The L.A. times writes, “Batalla is comfortable in both English and Spanish, proud of her mestiza heritage, musically adventurous and always accompanied by impeccable performers…. above all, she is a born storyteller with a rambunctious sense of humor.”
 
Perla was born in Los Angeles, California, to a family immersed in music; her father, a Mexican singer and radio personality, and an Argentine mother who ran a bustling record store called Discoteca Batalla. At the family record shop, literally at her Mother's knee, Perla was exposed to an education of non-stop music that cut across genre and language. While her far-ranging influences are reflected in the eclectic choices of songs she writes, arranges and performs today, it is that voice that brings each song to a new light.

Perla Batalla’s mission of honoring her roots and exposing young audiences to the beauty of music and the Spanish language is ongoing in her outreach endeavors throughout some of the poorest communities in the United States. She is the recipient of the United Nation’s Earth Charter Award for “extraordinary devotion to social and economic justice” and the Premio Fronterizo Award for “healing work in the world”.
 

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  2. 2 Cine De Llantos 04:33
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  3. 3 Esta Tarde Vi Llover 03:47
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  4. 4 Heaven And Earth 04:37
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  7. 7 A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square 05:00
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  8. 8 The Nearness Of You 04:39
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  9. 9 Love Is Everything 06:09
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  10. 10 Iberia 05:06
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  11. 11 Hallelujah 05:13
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  12. 12 The Water Is wide 03:43
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  14. 14 Ballad Of The Absent Mare - Feat. David Hidalgo 06:17
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  15. 15 Bird On The Wire 06:55
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New News!
 
Perla's "Blue House" musical was chosen for the 2016 Ojai Playwrights Festival and it's almost sold out! Click here for tix. Click here to learn more about the project and hear the songs.

Synopsis: How does a great artist say goodbye? In a house world-famous for its life, Frida Kahlo must make peace with her impending death and take stock of her tumultuous marriage to Diego Rivera, and examine her politics and her unrivaled sense of self in art.

Thursday, August 11, 7:00 pm, Matilija Auditorium. Tickets $30.
 
About the Ojai Playwrights Conference: 

Every summer, theatre professionals and enthusiastic audiences from Southern California converge in the magical Ojai Valley to participate in the development of new plays for the American theatre. Under the direction of Artistic Director/Producer Robert Egan, carefully selected playwrights from all over the world join together for an intensive two-week, in-residence workshop program that enriches the cultural life of Southern California and beyond. This process culminates in OPC's popular public workshop series – known as the OPC Summer New Works Festival. 

In addition to the presentation of new play workshops, prominent artists from the theatre community appear in engaging public forums for an exchange of ideas on a range of cultural and artistic subjects in the Intersections Series. 

The Ojai Playwrights Conference is also committed to nurturing the writing talents of Southern California youth. Through the OPC Youth Workshop, junior high and high school students participate in a mentoring program with visiting theatre professionals and create their own dramatic works, which are performed during the Festival. 

Numerous plays that have been developed at OPC receive high praise and recognition including Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prize nominations, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Awards, Obie Awards and Helen Hayes Awards. Additionally, plays developed at OPC have gone on to prominent productions at theatres throughout the United States and the world, from the Mark Taper Forum, The Public Theater, Goodman Theatre, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Broadway, London’s West End, to Asia and Africa.