Perla Batalla - House of Cohen
Grammy nominated singer Perla Batalla will bring her tribute to the songs of Leonard Cohen, her longtime friend and whom she performed as backing vocalist for, to London’s Union Chapel on 30th November, for an evening of celebration of the breadth of Cohen’s body of work.
Following on from her original album in 2007 “Bird on the Wire”, a tribute to the songs of Leonard Cohen, which was a project that had the blessing of Leonard himself, 2015 saw Batalla dig deeper into Cohen’s material to explore a follow up album.
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 humour and the absurd.
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 cross-cultural 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 with it, 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 as one we will feel Leonard all around us…and we usually do.”