The name Oculi came to us on a sunny trip in late February 2016. We were in Florida doing one of our last tours as the Badke Quartet.
We were keen to find a name that represented the vision we had for the evolving Badke Quartet; a circle of musicians around the string quartet forming a larger, flexible ensemble
Our final concert of the tour was in a large church in South Florida. Directly above the stage was a beautiful dome shaped window. During the afternoon rehearsal, sunlight was pouring through this window creating a circle of light. It made us stop and stare up at this incredible piece of architecture.
The architectural terminology for this structure is Oculi;
“A circle or eye opening, particularly used in architecture or the central boss to a volute”
We unaminously agreed that this was the perfect name for our new ensemble. A name that signified our vision of a complete circle of musicians. The Oculi Ensemble was born!