An Afternoon with Perla Batalla
Grammy-nominee Perla Batalla returns to CaltechLive! Sunday, October 18 at 3:30 p.m. PDT.
Join us for a rare glimpse into the life (and living room) of singer and songwriter Perla Batalla, known for her rich contralto voice and ability to imbue a wide range of songs—traditional Mexican ballads, jazz standards, the work of mentor Leonard Cohen—with heart-stopping emotional depth.
Longtime colleague Michael Alexander will engage Batalla in a conversation about her musical and professional influences, including the bustling Latino music scene at her mother's West L.A. record store and the pivotal first meeting with Leonard Cohen, in which a wise sartorial decision set off a decades' long friendship and launched a successful solo career.
Interspersed with concert footage from 2019 (recorded on her last tour before the COVID-19 crisis), the hour-long chat offers many things: a deep dive into the trajectory of a renowned performer, a love letter to L.A. by a true musical omnivore, and a candid discussion with a prolific artist living through a global pandemic.
This free event will be streamed live on this page, with a follow-up Q&A accessible to all via Zoom. Advance reservations are not necessary.
On Sunday the 18th only the Ticket Office phone line (626-395-4652) will be staffed remotely from 12:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. today to answer questions about the event or provide technical assistance.
If you do not already have the Zoom client installed, you will be asked to download it. This should be a relatively quick process, and the discussion should open automatically.
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