Perla Batalla Leads “Blue House: Hearts on the Outside” 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.

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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

Pro-Shot Video: Leonard Cohen’s Underappreciated Performance Of I Can’t Forget – Barcelona 1993

barcelona-forgetPerhaps because of the understated style, this rendition of I Can’t Forget, taped at the May 15, 1993 Barcelona Concert at Palacio Municipal De Deportes for broadcast by Televisió de Catalunya, has never received the attention it deserves.

The visual and audio elements are good to excellent and the performance itself sublime.


In addition to Leonard Cohen, backup singers Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen are prominent as is Bob Metzger on the pedal steel guitar.


Leonard Cohen – I Can’t Forget
Barcelona: May 15 1993
Video from a1000kissesdeep

Note: Originally posted Mar 25, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Perla Batalla Performs At First Annual Illuminati Concert – Park City, Utah

From Perla Batalla excited to perform at Park City Institute’s Illuminati event by Scott Iwasaki (The Park Record: Nov 2, 2015):

Perla Batalla looks forward to her return to Park City next week.The Grammy Award-nominated world-music singer and former backup singer for Leonard Cohen, played Deer Valley this past summer with Esperanza Spalding and Anna Wilson. This time she is headlining and has planned a set that will include an array of works culled from her catalog, as well as from others.

Perla Batalla will perform at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Nov. 28. The performance, billed as the Park City Institute’s first ever Illuminati Concert is a free concert for those who have contributed to the nonprofit’s Seat Campaign.

For the past year, donors have the option to purchase one or more of the 1,296 Eccles Center chairs that will be named in their honor for a one-time donation of $500, or $1,000 for chairs in the theater’s first nine rows, according to Teri Orr, executive director of the Park City Institute.