The Opals

The Opals is a collective of women that collaborate on ambient soundscapes using both improvisation and written composition. Their work rejects the formulaic three minute ‘pop song’ structure in favour of sustained linear, a-tonal synth explorations that embrace the core elements of music, building a rich texture of  instrumentation with synthesisers, bass, percussion, guitar, saxophone and trombone. The flexible model of music-making is process based and communal.

Current players in the collective include established Melbourne musicians: Alice Gaynor (Music in Exile/Gordon Koang), Nell Gray (ex-Exek/V), Sarah Hardiman (Deaf Wish/Moon Rituals), Rebecca Liston (Parsnip/Thibault), Zoe Monk (U-Bahn), Rani Rose (Terrible Truths) and Nicole Thibault (Minimum Chips/Thibault).

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.