Perla Batalla Performs Bird on the Wire: The Songs of Leonard Cohen: Thousand Oaks, CA

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum Theatre will feature Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger Perla Batalla at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 22 at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Batalla will be performing songs from her latest CD, “Bird on the Wire: The Songs of Leonard Cohen” The Los Angelesborn singer-songwriter joined Cohen as a backup singer for his world tour in 1988. In addition to working with artists including k.d. lang, the Gipsy Kings and Jennifer Warnes, Batalla started her solo career in 1993 with the release of her self-titled debut album on Warner/Discovery. “Bird on the Wire,” released in 2005, was well-received by critics. Sing Out Magazine called it “beautifully conceived and executed” and said the album provides a “wonderful introduction” to Cohen’s music.

Tickets range from $29 to $39 via Ticketmaster at (800) 745- 3000 or They’re also available in person through the CAP box office. For more information, call (805) 449-2787 or visit Batalla’s website is

All above information is from Cohen songs take wing at T.O. concert (Thousand Oaks Acorn: Oct 13, 2016)

Perla Batalla’s House of Cohen – Berkeley

Perla wraps her soulful voice around selections from the Leonard Cohen Songbook

“Onstage, offstage, digital or analog, I love Perla Batalla.” –Leonard Cohen

We have precious few moments of true musical discovery in our lives, but when that one song or singer lodges in the heart it is a treasure found and to be kept forever. A rare few artists command such a response; women like Amalia Rodrigues, Edith Piaf, Patsy Cline or Aretha Franklin, perhaps, whose emotional power is equal to their magnificent voices. We merely describe their talents in adjectives that can never match the thrill of hearing them sing. Hearing Perla Batalla’s voice for the first time is an epiphany. One may go to hear the songs, but you end up feeling the joy and the pathos in the music like never before. There is a tone, a depth of emotion and a sublime expressiveness along with her transcendent voice that makes the experience unforgettable.

$24 adv / $26 door
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Above information found at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse site


Leonard Cohen Video: Closing Time & Final Comments – Madison Square Garden 2012



“I never got to tell you how beautiful you are”

Video is complete and very clear but sometimes unsteady. View is occasionally obstructed by “the friendly giant with the fedora in front of me [the videographer].” Audio  is very good. (6:09)

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time & Final Comments
Madison Square Garden: Dec 18, 2012
Video: WorldStreams·

Note: Originally posted Dec 23, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

20+ Striking Images From 1993 Leonard Cohen Barcelona Concert

Left to right: Paul Ostermayer, Julie Christensen, Perla Batalla, Jorge Calderon, Leonard Cohen

Left to right: Paul Ostermayer, Julie Christensen, Perla Batalla, Jorge Calderon, Leonard Cohen

The screen captures from the 1993 Leonard Cohen TV broadcast proved sufficiently impressive to warrant their own gallery. While all of the photos are worth a look, those featuring Bob Metzger, who played guitar during the 2008-2010 World Tour, Paul Ostermayer on saxophone, and the backup singers, Julie Christensen and Perla Batalla, are splendid.

Note: The quality of individual screen captures is dependent on many factors, including the decisions and style of the original cameraman and director, the stage lighting (in 1993, Leonard had a whole lotta purple going on), the musician’s instrument (just finding the drummer hidden in his equipment was difficult), and location on stage (there are 5 screen captures for Julie Christensen, situated on one side, for every usable screenshot of Perla Batalla, who positioned between Julie and the other musicians).

Leonard Cohen

Julie Christensen, Perla Batalla, Leonard Cohen

Bob Metzger (guitars, pedal steel guitar)

Paul Ostermayer (keyboards, saxophone, flute)

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Perla Batalla In Concert At CSU Channel Islands

A Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger who first gained international attention as a backup singer for vocalist Leonard Cohen will give two free concerts on the CSU Channel Islands (CI) campus at 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, April 29.

Note: This information found at Grammy-nominated singer Perla Batalla to give two free concerts at CSUCI. (Ventura County Star: April 22, 2016)

Los Angeles native Perla Batalla will lead a musical dramatic piece called “Blue House: Hearts on the Outside” at 5 p.m. in Malibu Hall. The performance is inspired by the frescoes, canvasses and private journals of two of the most significant painters of the 20th century: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

“Perla Batalla in Concert” will be performed at 8 p.m. The show will draw from her Mestiza heritage as well as her musical work touring with Leonard Cohen. “Mestiza” refers to a woman of mixed heritage.

Batalla’s father was a mariachi musician who owned a popular Spanish record store and her mother was from South America.

CI part-time reference librarian and music lover Stephen Brogden arranged the concerts, having seen Batalla perform at the Thousand Oaks Library when Brogden served as the director.

“I thought Perla would be an ideal candidate for the first show at CI,” Brogden said. “I had invited her to play twice at the Thousand Oaks Library and she was always a pro. Great voice, engaging stage presence, and more than willing to share the stage with young artists she likes.”

Batalla knows the importance of someone believing in you. It was Cohen who encouraged her to strike out on her own as a soloist, a move that resulted in critical acclaim for her music, including a Grammy nomination for her album “Mestiza.”

Brogden was also impressed that Batalla is a firm believer in the next generation of performers.

“At a time when art and music are marginalized in the education of youth, I am more than ever committed to educational outreach as I travel throughout the country,” Batalla said. “Exposing young audiences to the beauty of art, music and poetry through live theater may be the only hope we have.”

Brogden says he hopes to continue bringing live concerts of this caliber to CI. The performance was possible because of a grant from the Instructionally Related Activities fund at CI.

For more information on Perla, visit

Admission is free, but an RSVP for Blue House; Hearts on the Outside is required at

RSVP for Perla Batalla in Concert at:

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at