Kaori Kawabuchi (Vocal / Sword Dance).
Shuji Yamagiri (Guitar / Vocal).
In 2010, Shuji composed "Ogre of the Cherry Tree" inspired by Kaori's Japanese sword dance.Their first gig was held in Tokyo on Dec of this year. In 2011, They add Tsugaru-Shamisen Player and formed a band KAO=S.
The band 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 unique worldview on their stage, they often add support musicians or backing tracks.
They began to draw significant attention with Kaori and Shuji's twin vocals, Shuji's acoustic guitar at opened tuning, the sounds of Japanese traditional instruments , and Kaori's intensive, yet beautiful sword performances. 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 (Japan Expo 2013).
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 coming back to Japan, they started new album recording with the producer Kenji Nakai who engineered RHCP, Tom Petty, X JAPAN albums.
In 2018, KAO=S became teams of Kaori and Shuji to express music and stages wider. They released 3rd album AMRITA. 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 concert in Germany. It was sold-out and very successful. But after March, they cancelled all concerts due to cover-19. Now they are preparing to record new songs and to start online broadcasting live.