A Conversation with Perla Batalla

Sunday, March 17, 2024 – 3:00PM – 4:30PM 

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Perla Batalla earns critical acclaim for her distinctive voice, emotional honesty & culture-merging compositions.  Born into a family immersed in music; her dad, a Mexican mariachi, and an Argentine mom who ran “Discoteca Batalla”, the family Spanish language record shop where Perla received a musical education cutting across genre & language.

At 15, Perla left home to begin a music career. She studied opera & performed jazz, country, soul, & rock…but it wasn’t until she worked with the legendary Leonard Cohen that Perla’s career began in earnest. After recording & touring with Cohen for over a decade, Perla launched a solo career with Cohen’s encouragement.

Since then, she released seven albums, performed for film & TV, staged two one-woman shows, & appeared in the some of the most prestigious venues throughout the world. Perla’s original Frida Kahlo musical, Blue House was produced by The Ojai Playwrights Conference to critical praise, & her homage to her mentor, In the House of Cohen continues to play to sold-out audiences worldwide. A 2nd CD devoted to the songs of Cohen will be released in 2024.

Perla has been honored with The Ojai Playwrights Conference Cultural Champion Award, and two U.N. awards: the Earth Charter Award for extraordinary devotion to social and economic justice and The Environmental Peace Building Award, for advancing social justice through music.

Spotlight Talk Sponsor(s) Betsy Chess, Tony & Barbara Hirsch, and Michael Rohde

AfterGLOW Host(s) Frances Stewart

FOTM is thrilled to be partnering with
NAMBA Performing Arts Space
for the 2024 Artist Spotlight Series.

Venue Location
Namba Performing Arts Space
47 S Oak St, Ventura, CA 93001

Ticket Pricing
$20 for general public
$15 for seniors
FREE to FOTM Members

AfterGLOW Fundraiser
Please call (805) 653-2501 to be added to the wait list.
$30 FOTM Members
$40 Non-Members
Maps/directions provided to paid guests at Spotlight Talk.

A Note to Educators & Students
Artist Spotlights are open to students attending as a class assignment free of charge. Reservations required.
Please call (805) 653-2601