Perla Batalla & Quetzal
Sat 4/29/2023 • 8PM PDT
UCLA, Royce Hall
Two essential voices of Los Angeles–spellbinding singer-songwriter Perla Batalla and wildly innovative “East LA Chican@ rock group,” Quetzal— share the stage in a rare collaboration, celebrating multiethnic LatinX culture through the unifying power of art and music.
Grammy-nominated Batalla was born in Los Angeles to a family immersed in music. Batalla’s Mexican father was a mariachi singer and D.J. while her Argentine mother ran the family’s bustling record shop, “Discoteca Batalla,” where she was exposed to a non-stop musical education. Classically and operatically trained, Batalla gained international recognition as a back-up singer for Leonard Cohen, emerging as a powerful solo performer in her own right, known for her distinctive voice, emotional honesty and culture-merging compositions.
Called “one of LA’s most important bands,” by the Los Angeles Times, Grammy Award winning ensemble Quetzal was founded by Chicano rock guitarist Quetzal Flores and joined by lead singer, percussionist and songwriter Martha Gonzalez. Forging a distinctive, multi-ethnic sound that blends Mexican, Afro-Cuban, rock, and jazz influences, Quetzal creates songs that tell musical stories rooted in the complex cultural currents of life in the barrio, social activism, and a strong feminist stance. Quetzal will be performing songs from their latest album, Puentes Sonoros, an ode to their Jarocho music roots.
Come prepared to sing, dance and join a pluri-ethnic artistic community dedicated to using music as a powerful force for social change.