Opening the Gates is a project that narrates the stories of inspiring women throughout history with music. All the members of the band, a diverse group made up of only women, write and develop the music together, creating a storytelling format without musical pauses, where they connect and present all of the compositions with spoken-word narration. Both the music and the prose talk about the events and circumstances in which these brilliant women made a difference. Opening the Gates aspires to be an inspiration for young women, not only based on the content, but also by the presentation.
The band includes Amirtha Kidambi on voice, Kalia Vandever on Trombone, Charlotte Greve on alto saxophone, Endea Owens on bass, Lesley Mok on drums and Marta Sanchez on piano.