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UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance presents singer-songwriter Perla Batalla and the innovative East Los Angeles Chicano rock group Quetzal in concert on Saturday, April 29, at 8 p.m. in Royce Hall.
The quintessential Los Angeles artists will share the stage in a rare collaboration, celebrating multiethnic LatinX culture through the unifying power of art and music.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Grammy-nominated Batalla was immersed in music at an early age through her family. Batalla’s Mexican father was a mariachi singer and DJ, while her Argentine mother ran the family’s bustling record shop, “Discoteca Batalla,” where she was exposed to non-stop musical education. Batalla was a back-up singer for Leonard Cohen and emerged as a powerful solo performer known for her distinctive voice, emotional honesty and culture-merging compositions. In the performance, Batalla will draw from her vast body of work, including selections from “Mestiza,” arrangements of Spanish language classics and personal favorites from Cohen.
Grammy Award-winning Quetzal was founded by Chicano rock guitarist Quetzal Flores and 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 based on life in the barrio, filled with social activism and a strong feminist stance. Quetzal will perform songs from its latest album “Puentes Sonoros,” an ode to their Jarocho music roots.
Tickets start at $39. Royce Hall is located at 10745 Dickson Court. For information, call (310)825-2101, or visit cap.ucla.edu.
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