Opening the borders of genre, acoustic guitar duo Opal Ocean fuses together Rock and Flamenco techniques to create their own unique wall of sound.
Forming in late 2013, Frenchmen from New Caledonia Alex Champ and New Zealander Nadav Tabak originally decided to take their music to the streets busking, using it as a platform for composing and crafting their original instrumental pieces.
Based in the heart of Melbourne Australia, the duo has seen its work blossom with their “Terra EP” enjoying great success, selling over 7000 physical copies Independently and their single “J.A.M” going viral with over 5 Million hits on social media.
In late 2016 the duo released their highly anticipated debut album “Lost Fables”recorded with producer Dave Newington and critically acclaimed mixing and mastering engineer Mark Lewis.
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Lost Fables, creating a vivid portrayal of their diverse music style and unique relationship. Carley Hall from The Music Mag wrote:
“The way these guys gel their respective talents speaks volumes of their intuitive bond.”
The momentum from Lost Fable’s release has brought attention to the duo with countless shares across social media as well as being offered many high profile performances such as the Melbourne Guitar Show 2017, TedX Melbourne and many festivals across the globe.
Opal Ocean is now gearing up for touring Europe and Australia in 2018 with the help of Flowfish Bookings.
Street music has probably been around as long as there have been streets.
The economics of playing for music next to an open guitar case has an ancient simplicity. There is no middleman, no stockholder, and no investment bank involved in the process; just a pure and direct exchange between artist and audience, and this might be why street music is so important.
Since busking musicians don’t rely on a complicated commercial structure, one would think that they have a lot of freedom to innovate. This turns out to be true; a lot of musical revolutions had their roots on the streets instead of the concert stage – maybe more so before radio and vinyl, but in recent generations also. Folk musicians like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan used to pass the hat as did many of the great musicians of San Francisco hippie culture like Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead.
Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities. In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given. Street performance is practiced all over the world and dates back to antiquity. People engaging in this practice are called street performers or buskers.