Compassion Concert: Perla Batalla in the House of Cohen

The Compassion Concert Featuring Perla Batalla
Winifred Smith Hall
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm

With ongoing turbulence and struggles around the world, the Compassion Concert offers an opportunity to enjoy an evening of the arts in an intimate setting. Singer-songwriter Perla Batalla will perform Perla Batalla in the House of Cohen, a tribute to her friend and mentor Leonard Cohen. The Concert will also showcase the most recent work of the Blum Center.

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Open seating. Earlybird ticket rate applies to tickets purchased before October 10.


About Perla Batalla

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Perla Batalla consistently earns critical acclaim for her unique voice and culture-merging compositions.

In 2015, Batalla began pondering songs to include in a followup CD to her 2007 tribute release to friend and mentor Leonard Cohen. As a longtime singer and touring band member with the legendary songwriter, Perla knew there was much of Cohen’s body of work she still wanted to perform and record.

Batalla’s first Cohen CD, “Bird on the Wire” was produced with Leonard’s blessing; he attended the recording session, weighed-in on material, arrangements, and uncharacteristically participated in a photo session at his Los Angeles home to promote the project. (Says Perla, “ Leonard was having so much fun – at the last minute he ran to his closet for a silk ascot to look more suave in the photos!”)

Cohen’s passing in November 2016 reaffirmed Batalla’s mission of sharing the lesser-known songs of Canada’s poet laureate to a younger public mostly familiar with the well-covered, “Hallelujah”. She also wanted to dispel the too common mischaracterization of Cohen as “The Godfather of Gloom”. The man she knew was more often than not, motivated by sly humor and absurdity. Perla Batalla in the House of Cohen features selected songs and rare personal anecdotes that serve to reveal Cohen’s lighter side (like Mr. Cohen’s deep affection for the .99 Cent Store and his delight at dining on hot dogs at Home Depot).

The evening reveals the timelessness of Cohen’s art through Perla Batalla’s signature crosscultural style, to convey her sincere respect and deep love for the music, the poetry, and most of all for her dear friend, Leonard Cohen.

“In this show, there are times when I ask my audience to sing with me,” Batalla says. “I feel that the coming together of voices has the power to touch Leonard’s spirit and his lifelong devotion to art and the mysteries of the human heart. Live music is about being in the moment, and I always have this secret expectation that as we lift our voices up together we will feel Leonard all around us…and we usually do..”

Perla Batalla’s mission of honoring her roots and exposing young audiences to the beauty of music and the Spanish language is ongoing in her outreach endeavors throughout some of the poorest communities in the United States. 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.”

For more information about Perla and her artistry, visit her website.


Parking and Event Details

Performance begins in Winifred Smith Hall (Building #710 on UCI campus map) at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Parking permits are available to purchase on campus. The nearest parking structure is Mesa Parking Structure, 4004 Mesa Road, Irvine 92617 (map).