Singer, songwriter Perla Batalla will help celebrate motherhood in her return to the World Theater at CSUMB
By MARC CABRERA
Herald Staff Writer
Posted: 05/06/2010 01:43:27 AM PDT
Updated: 05/06/2010 01:43:28 AM PDT
Singer-songwriter Perla Batalla performs tonight (Thursday)
at the World Theater at CSU Monterey...
With Mother's Day fast approaching, singer Perla Batalla would much rather focus on the positive rather than the negative.
Thus, when she hits the CSU Monterey Bay World Theater stage tonight (Thursday) to perform, she will do so in honor of mothers everywhere.
"Things are really hard right now," said Batalla, referring to the current immigration battle in Arizona, where state officials signed a law allowing police officers to question suspected undocumented immigrants.
Batalla, who is of Mexican descent, has been a staunch supporter of immigrant rights.
"If you think positively and shed a positive light on our culture, you just rise above it," she said.
Batalla has certainly had a positive relationship with CSUMB, having performed on the campus twice previously, in 2003 and 2005.
In 2005, the World Theater's Presenting Series co-commissioned her "Gracias a la Vida" album and produced a DVD of her on stage.
Batalla spoke with The Herald about her upcoming visit to CSUMB and the joys of life and motherhood.
Q: Talk about your relationship with CSUMB World Theater. How did that develop?
A: Well, the first time, my agent booked me. But once I met the group up here, we became instant friends. We kind of share the same mission, which is to celebrate Hispanic culture. We're all on the same page in that regard. So part of my draw up there is the people of the area, basically.
But it's also the whole community, not just the Hispanic/Latino
community. I don't like to separate other communities, because I think the community is a combination of both sides.
I think that when I come out to Monterey, and connect with my audience, I think those lines are blurred and everyone comes together to celebrate something that is beautiful. That is my goal in any concert that I do.
Q: What are your current artistic pursuits?
A: I'm furthering my study and quest of how many cultural pieces have to come together to make any of my music. I've been traveling a lot to Spain and seeing what comprises the beautiful Spanish art music. I've learned it is an amalgam of a lot of different cultures — African, Arabic, Hispanic. There are so many things that come together.
Being that I am a mestiza and someone that is totally mixed, it keeps getting deeper and deeper. For me, it's about the study of music through historical study.
Q: What can the Monterey fans expect for this show? How will it be different from your past performances?
A: I've recorded a little more since I was here last, so I will get to share some of that.
Since Mother's Day is this coming weekend, I want to spend a little bit of time celebrating the mother, and the mother in all of us. I'm always singing our favorite Mexican songs and some of the things I grew up listening to, so that will be a part of it.
There was a song I wrote with a friend of mine a while ago, a song from my album "Mestiza." I remember I wrote that song when I was pregnant with my daughter. She's 15 now.
And I remember growing up, my mom had all of her favorite Mexican songs, so I may share some of those. It's going to be a combination of a lot of things, but mainly focused on mothers. To me, it's maybe the most important job I do in my life. The most important job ever is being a mother, and being a good one.
Q: Is there anything special you're hoping to get from your daughter for Mother's Day?
A: That's so funny, because I don't think in terms of that. To me, it's more that she gave me the greatest gift by making me into a mother. She will usually make something for me. She'll write me a poem or make me a painting.
Q: So she inherited some of your artistic gifts? Does she sing?
A: She's a wonderful singer. And her father, my husband, is a chef, so she's a wonderful cook.
Q: Is there anything in particular you are looking forward to during this Monterey visit?
A: I'm looking forward to eating some really great Mexican food.
I'm also looking forward to visiting the aquarium. I hear they have some wonderful cultural programming going on over there, so I'm excited to see it. I'm hoping to do a concert there in the future. Also, I hear it's one of the most beautiful aquariums in the world, so I'm just excited to go check it out.
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