Karappo Okesutura
vol. 1

Nicole Lizée
Nicole Lizée
Composition Date: 2006
Duration: 00:15:00
Genre: Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Percussion, Keyboard / Plectral String / String Bowed


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Guitar
  • 1 x Other keyboard
  • 1 x Mezzo Soprano
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Double bass
Programme Note:
Karappo Okesutura is an ongoing project entered around the karaoke phenomenon; a term derived from two Japanese words: Karappo (empty) and Okesutura (orchestra).

The pieces were written with this scenario in mind: a karaoke singer takes to the stage to perform an 80s chart-topper only to find that the karaoke machine is behaving erratically. It begins jumping to different sections of the track, rewinding and stopping without warning. The karaoke tape itself is damaged and warped - the pitch and speed are fluctuating, parts of the tape have been chewed by the machine. Yet the singer is still able to keep her composure; she follows and keeps up with the machine, changing tempo and pitch in tandem with the tape, and finishes the song like a professional.

Written with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Premiere Information:
30 mai 2006, The main Hall, Montréal, Québec, Canada.


  • Call Number:
  • MV 1237 L789ka
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Percussion, Keyboard / Plectral String / String Bowed
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 18, 2015
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 partition (vii, 37 p.) ;
    44 Pages
    Height: 36 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    This piece includes a tape part
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour Mezzo-soprano, percussion, claviers (piano rhodes, orgue Hammond), Guitare électrique, violon, violoncelle, contrebasse, Bande et vidéo karaoke.
    Percussion: Glockenspiel, vibraphone, gong, sizzle cymbal, ride cymbal, hi-hat, snare drum, kick bass drum.
    3 mouvements: I. This Heat -- II. Night Moves -- III. SF-G029.
    Oeuvre déposée au CMC Québec.
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