Japanese art rock band KAO=S (pronounced “chaos”) performed on the stage of Fighting Musical “MAKAI” in Tokyo on August 19th. “MAKAI” is a new type of entertainment show which mixes music, pro-wrestling and theater.
KAO=S collaborated with pro-wrestlers, actors and other musicians in the ring.
KAO=S played five of their own songs and two of MAKAI’s theme songs. KAO=S’s vocalist Kaori Kawabuchi also acted and did a sword performance. Shamisen player Jack had an instrument battle with eight string guitarist ISAO, band member of BABY METAL, which was well loved by the audience.
Japanese TV station Tokyo MX broadcast this event on August 25th. KAO=S’s interview and performance appeared on the TV program.
Jack also used the four stringed, fretted musical instrument “Yomisen” which he invented. The Yomisen has a unique sound.
KAO=’s set list on August 19th 【 Musicians from KAO=S and Support percussionist KAZU】:
1）Chaos, 2) Kitsune-bi, 3) Roaring Tokyo, 4) Saku, 5) MAKAI Densho (MAKAI song),
6) Taimatsu, 7)MAKAI ga kitarite ne wo narasu (MAKAI song)
Fighting-Musical “MAKAI” is a new type of entertainment show which mixes music, pro-wrestling and theater.
MAKAI Interview in English
KAO=S is Japanism Art Rock Band whose members are Kaori “Lady Samurai” Kawabuchi: Vocal / Sword performance, Jack: Tsugaru Shamisen and Shuji Yamagiri: Acostic Guitar / Vocal. KAO=S was founded in Tokyo in April 2011. Out of the turmoil that followed the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the band distilled a new style of Japanese art to bring to the world which it termed ‘chaos’ or, following the Japanese pronunciation, KAO=S (‘Kah-oss’). KAO=S’ sound is a blend of vocals and acoustic guitar overlaid with traditional Japanese instruments, such as the three-string Tsugaru shamisen, using a full range of effects. Complemented by Kaori’s spellbindingly powerful sword dance, KAO=S quickly caught people’s attention. In 2012, KAO=S was invited to perform at SXSW2012, and the band embarked on a nationwide U.S. tour.
In 2013, KAO=S performed at SXSW again. They next appeared at JAPAN EXPO 2013 in France. KAO=S performed on the main stage and received a great response from the audience thanks to the unique sound of their raw instruments. They received wide media coverage of their performance.
In 2014, KAO=S signed a contract with German record label to release a single in July, and KAO=S performed a live show at the Tokyo International Music Market in October. They were greatly received by the many overseas buyers who attended the event. KAO=S were asked to appear on CNN International program “The Art of Movement” in November. They were the first Japanese band to covered by this program. KAO=S’s episode aired in January.
In 2015, KAO=S appeared at international friendship events held in Dalian City, China on September 4 and 5th.
It was KAO=S’s first live performance in Asia outside of Japan. KAO=S appeared at the “Hanabi Matsuri (Fireworks Festival) “ held in Sao Paulo on the 12th of September. This was a special event to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Japanese and Brazilian friendship (120 anos de amizade Japao/Brasil.)
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