- Established: 2001
Okta is based in the Music Department at the University of Waikato. Okta concerts take place at the Gallagher Concert Chamber.
Okta takes its name from an old transliteration of the Greek word for eight. In traditional numerology, the number seven signifies completeness, including the four elements plus the three spiritual essences. Number eight – Okta – consequently signifies a new beginning but also an embracing of the past.
Okta’s core performers are Music Department staff and students. The ensemble also is pleased to welcome guest performers, who to date include Jessica Shaw, Mario Walsh, Richard Nunns, Ingrid Culliford, the double bass section of the Auckland Philharmonia and Tim Deighton and Carrie Koffman from the American duo ‘The Irrelevants’.
Composers and Multimedia artists performed by Okta to date:
John Adams, Rachael Barnes, Daniel Beban, Daniel Belton, Jack Body, Helen Bowater, John Cage, Edwin Carr, Alexandra Chan, Chris Cree Brown, George Crumb, David Downes, Brian Ferneyhough, Susan Frykberg, Charley Gerard, Anna Griffiths, David Griffiths, André Hajdu, David Hamilton, Ryohei Hirose, Janet Jennings, Nigel Keay, Dorothy Ker, Libby Larsen, György Ligeti, Douglas Lilburn, Martin Lodge, Jenny McLeod, Tigran Mansurian, Stephen Matthews, Peter Maxwell-Davies, Hirini Melbourne, Olivier Messiaen, Rachael Morgan, Richard Nunns, Daniel Peters, Steve Reich, Erik Satie, Daniel Stabler, Igor Stravinsky, Toru Takemitsu, Jenny Thomas, Joseph Turrin, Phillippa Ulenberg, Chris Watson, Paul van Wering, Ian Whalley, Gillian Whitehead, Michael F. Williams.