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An Afternoon with Perla Batalla

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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.

Viewing Details

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.

Viewing Support

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.

▶︎ Join the post-event discussion with Perla on Zoom

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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