"Batalla tells an engaging story with each song she sings"

Don Heckman, LA Times

 

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Santa Ana Sites #16

Perla Batalla – Perla’s House of Cohen

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and longtime back up vocalist for Leonard Cohen, Perla Batalla will perform on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m. at Church of the Messiah (614 N Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701). Presented by Santa Ana Sites and produced in association with the Boca de Oro: Art & Literature Fringe Festival, Batalla brings her powerful voice to the oldest operating church in Orange County. A veritable holy grail of sound, the concert will feature Batalla performing selections from Cohen’s great songbook as she pays homage to the late icon.

Batalla is among the few performing artists whose emotional power is equal to her magnificent voice. Her extraordinary vocals and culture-merging compositions have garnered worldwide critical acclaim, leading to seven solo albums and performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues. Known for her tone, depth of emotion, and sublime expressiveness, her transcendent voice is a natural conduit for Cohen’s exquisite work, and the songstress will perform in English and Spanish accompanied by a pianist.

About Perla Batalla
Perla was born in Los Angeles, California, to a family immersed in music. Her Mexican father was singer and radio personality, and her Argentine mother ran a bustling record store called Discoteca Batalla. At the family record shop, literally at her Mother’s knee, Perla was exposed to an education of non-stop music that cut across genre and language. While her far-ranging influences are reflected in the eclectic choices of songs she writes, arranges and performs today, it is that voice that brings each song to a new light. She is the recipient of the United Nation’s Earth Charter Award for “extraordinary devotion to social and economic justice” and the Premio Fronterizo Award for “healing work in the world”.

About Church of the Messiah
Located in historic downtown Santa Ana, Church of the Messiah is a multi-cultural, inclusive, progressive Episcopal church deeply committed to supporting the diverse needs of our local community. Members come from all over Orange County and beyond for spiritual nourishment. The congregation was founded in 1883, and the church was dedicated in May 1889. The red turreted church is Orange County Historic Landmark #03, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Church of the Messiah is the longest continuously used structure and church in Orange County. www.Messiah-SantaAna.org.

WHEN

Saturday March 4, 2017
8:00 pm

WHERE

Church of the Messiah
614 N. Bush St, Santa Ana 92701

Santa Ana Sites

presents contemporary performance…

Santa Ana Sites is a community partnership, presenting contemporary performance in public and private spaces throughout Downtown Santa Ana. The traveling forum is designed to provide the community shared artistic experiences, encouraging the discovery of diverse environments and architectural space. Santa Ana Sites was founded by Allen Moon, Artistic Director and John D. Spiak, Grand Central Art Center Director/Chief Curator.

Allen Moon, Artistic Director

A resident of Santa Ana, Allen toured nationally and internationally with the Mehmet Sander Dance Company and Diavolo Dance Theater.  For the past 13 years, he has served as Director of Touring for David Lieberman Artists’ Representatives , where he has created tours for contemporary ensembles, including the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Kronos Quartet, Tectonic Theater Project, Diavolo, The Actors’ Gang, it gets better project, and The Watts Prophets, to performing arts centers and festivals across the globe.  Allen proudly serves on the CSU Summer Arts Advisory Board as a California Arts Community Representative and a committee member for the International Society for the Performing Arts.

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