KAO=S  are

Kaori Kawabuchi (Vocal / Sword Dance), Shuji Yamagiri (Guitar / Vocal).


In 2010, Shuji composed "Sakura no Oni" inspired by Kaori's Japanese sword dance. Their first gig was held in Tokyo on Dec of this year. In 2011, They added Shamisen Player and formed a band KAO=S.


The name comes from Kaori's name as, in Japanese, "chaos" is pronounced as /kəɔs/, which sounds similar to Kaori. More importantly, it embodies their mission; in the world of chaos, they will create and express their own unique music, a mix of traditional Japanese music and modern music all over the world. To express their worldview on their stage, they often add support musicians or backing tracks.

They were invited to SXSW 2012 and gained the audience's excitement. The following, six cities US tour (Austin, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas) was also very successful.


In 2013, as well as appearing on the stage of SXSW for the second time, They performed in Germany, UK and France.


In 2014, a CNN international (US) program, Art of Movement, offered them a spot and shot in Tokyo, and they were introduced worldwide.


In 2015, they played in Dalian, China for international cultural interaction purposes. After that, they flew to Sao Paulo, Brazil and performed at Japan and Brazil's 120th anniversary in the Interlagos F1 circuit to energize 10,000 people.


In 2016, they had a successful performance in Asunción, the capital of Paraguay, in front of an audience of 15,000 people at Organizing Committee of Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Japanese Immigration to Paraguay.


In 2017, they received a favourable reception at another large festival in Alicante, Spain. 

After that, they became duo formed by Kaori and Shuji to express music and stages wider. And they released 3rd album AMRITA was produced by Kenji Nakai who engineered RHCP, Tom Petty, X JAPAN albums.


In 2018, this year's career included a performance at "SPLORE FESTIVAL" in New Zealand and "Main Matsuri" in Germany. 

​In 2019, this year's career included a performance at "Main Matsuri" in Germany, "China Dream" in inner Mongolia and "Anime Comic Con" in  Malaysia. 

In Jan 2020, they had their first solo hall concert in Germany. It was sold-out and very successful. But after March, they cancelled all concerts due to cover-19. 

In August 2021, they were invited to Germany and had 3 shows in Frankfurt am Main.

Now they have been recording new album.