Kawabata Makoto

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KAWABATA MAKOTO

Guitarist, violinist, performer on numerous traditional instruments, composer, Leader of the Acid Mothers Temple,

(1978)

Forms the experimental group ANKOKU KAKUMEI KYODOTAI (DARK REVOLUTION COLLECTIVE), and begins his musical explorations using homemade instruments.
ANKOKU KAKUMEI KYODOTAI have changed thier name to BAROQUE BORDELLO. The group exists until 1983.

(1980)

Sets up the R.E.P. label. Over the following three years the label releases 40 recordings of solo and group work.

(1981 - 84)

Performes with many underground groups in Osaka. Forms a lot of avant-garde groups MURA, SEIRI, ENKEI SUISO, etc.

(1984)

Forms the group EROCHIKA which incorporated elements from Japanese traditional music and Japanese spiritual culture. The group continued until 1992.

(1985)

Joins the avant-garde psychedelic band HEDEIK(Headache). Other members of the group included current members of The Boredoms.

(1987 - 92)

Begins to play with many improvisers and jazzmen. Also composes, arranges, and performs a piece for 100 sutra-reciting Buddhist priests from the Shingon sect.
Becomes involved with a Japanese beatnik commune.

(1991)

Forms the avant-garde group JOHARI with Nanjo Asahito (High Rise). The group continued until 1992.

(1993)

Travel to New York, busks on the street and collaborates with other musicians.
Collaborations with butoh performers, dancers, etc.
Performes with many musicians and groups, including stints in a Korean percussion emsamble and reggae bands.
Joins the group of seventies folk singer Ito Takao.

(1994)

Utilizing his accumulated solo recordings, Kawabata forms the group TOHO SARA with Nanjo Asahito (High Rise).
Forms the improvisation power trio MUSICA TRANSONIC with Nanjo Asahito (High Rise) and Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins).
Joins Nanjo's group OHKAMI NO JIKAN as guitarist and violinist.
Forms the improvisation drone trio TSURUBAMI with Higashi Hiroshi and Emi Nobuko.
Forms the improv group NIPPONIANIPPON with Yokoyama Mabo and other musicians with links to the Japanese beatnik scene. The group plays mainly outdoors and at temples. They also perform with Japanese beat poet Nanao Sakaki.
Forms the WATER PLANET BAND with the Japanese beatnik singer Uchida Bob, the percussionist Yokoyama Mabo, and the Yoshida Tatsuji (ex. Carmen Maki & The Moses, ex. Minami Masato & The River).

(1995)

Sets up ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE SOUL COLLECTIVE.
Forms ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO.
Forms MAINLINER with Asahito Nanjo.

(1996)

Forms SEIKAZOKU with Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins) and Tsuyama Atsushi (Omoide Hatoba).
Joins Nanjo's SEVENTH SEAL.
Forms UCHU (ex. Surfin' U.F.O.) with Higashi Hiroshi and Ayano.
MUSICA TRANSONIC (w/ MAINLINER, OHKAMI NO JIKAN, TOHO SARA) European tour. The group headlines the Yaburitsugi Festival in Berlin. and collaborates with the dancer Meg Stuart at the Crash Landing Festival in Belgium. During the tour, Kawabata performs several guitar solo pieces.

( 1997 )

Begins solo performances using traditional instruments. Also begins the solo unit INUI.
MAINLINER and MUSICA TRANSONIC (w/ OHKAMI NO JIKAN, TOHO SARA) tour US and Europe. During the tour, Kawabata performs several guitar solo pieces.
Joins the improv big band GUY UNIT.
Begins collaborations with the acid folk duo Shogo-Nari.

(1998)

Sets up the Acid Mothers Temple label.
Forms the psychedelic trad duo ZOFFY with Tsuyama Atsushi.
Forms FLOATING FLOWER with Yuki and Kaneko Tetsuya.
Starts a street guitar feedback performance GUITAR SOUNDSCAPE by 2 guitars and 2 amps at a street free music festival Imaike Matsuri.
Performs a solo guitar piece at the Festival Beyond Innocence in Kobe.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tour US and Europe.
Begins collaborations with the acid folk singer Iuchi Kengo.

(1999)

Forms the hard rock trio NISHINIHON with Tsuyama Atsushi and Yoshimitsu Ichiraku (I.S.O.).
NISHINIHON tours Japan.
Solo guitar tour of Western Japan.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours US and Europe.
MAINLINER tours US. Kawabata left Mainliner in the winter of 1998, but was asked to stand in at short notice when their new guitarist quit.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. and NISHINIHON tours of Western Japan with SubArachnoid Space.
SEIKAZOKU / Franck Stofer & Kawabata Makoto tour of France. Performances with J.P. Pauvros at Expetrovisation Festival in France.

(2000)

NISHINIHON tours Japan.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours US and Europe.
TSURUBAMI tours of Western Japan.
Begins collaborations with Richard Youngs.
Begins to produce other musicians.
In Oct. solo performance as an opening act of John Fahey's final tour in Japan.

(2001)

NISHINIHON tours Western Japan.
Forms KAWABATA MAKOTO & THE MOTHERS OF INVASION.
Forms ZU-KANK with the free juzz drumer Shoji Hano and Koji Shimura (ex.White Heaven).
Forms the trio with Kang Tae Hwan and Ichiraku Yoshimitsu. Performs at The Sound Art Labo 2001 in Osaka.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours UK/Ireland. The group perform as the headlining act of Le Weekend Festival For Inventive New Music & Sound in Stirling. Performs a solo guitar drone piece at the festival.
Solo tours Italy and France, performs at Musiques Innovatrices Festival in Saint-Etienne.
Performs a street guitar feedback performance GUITAR SOUNDSCAPE at the street free music festival Imaike Matsuri.
GUY UNIT tour of Western Japan with Plastic Crimewave. Their lineup includes Yamamoto Seiichi (Boredoms), Tsuyama Atsushi, Higashi Hiroshi and Cotton Casino.
TSURUBAMI tour of Westen Japan.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours US.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. and NISHINIHON tours UK/Ireland. ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. play at the Royal Festival Hall in London with Gong and The Orb.
Performs a solo guitar drone as the headlines the Asian American Jazz Festival in Chicago.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours Western Japan with Kinski.
Begins collaborations with French avant-rock group Ueh.
Begins collaborations with the feedback noise guitarist Miyamoto Naoaki.
Begins collaborations with Space Machine (Yamazaki Maso from Masonna).

(2002)

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours US and UK/Ireland. The group appear at the South by Southwest Festinal in Austin. They are selected as one of the best three groups at the festival. They also perform an improvised soundtrack to the film "Urotsukidoji : Legend of the Overfiend" at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Solo tour of Europe, also performs a collaborative concert with Italian psychedelic group Jenifer Gentle in Italy.
Duo tour of France and Japan with J.F.Pauvros.
Forms GURU & ZERO with Daevid Allen (Gong) and Cotton Casino. The group tours the West Coast of the US, including an appearance at the Egg Lake Music Faire festival on San Juan Island alongside Damo Suzuki and Richard Sinclair. GURU & ZERO headline the festival.
Starts the Guitar Royal Rumble concert series, at which only guitarists appear. The lineup for the first concert includes Yamamoto Seiichi (Boredomus) and Richard Youngs.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours US and Canada. the group perform as the headlining act on the final day of the Terrastock.5 festival in Boston.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours Scandinavia and Europe. They perform a collaborative concert with the Occitan trad singer Rosina de Paira in Toulouse.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. holds the AMT Festival Vol.1 in Nagoya.

(2003)

Joins Daevid Allen's GONG (ex. you'N'gong) as guitarist.
Forms the duo I & MAKOTO with Cotton Casino.
Forms KARMA with a female guitarist Roco (ex.Mady Gula Blue Heaven).
Forms the improv duo BOOMERANGS with Ichiraku Yoshimitsu (I.S.O. , ex. AMT, ex. Nishinihon).
Forms the power improv trio DERE DEVIL BAND with Tsuyama Atsushi and a free jazz drumer Hano Shoji.
Duo tour of France with J.F.Pauvros. Performances at Le Volcanique De Mars Festival in Clermont France.
Performances with Occitan trad musicians Marc Perrone and Andre Minvielle at Nuit Electro-Acoustique in Festival Des Arts Electroniques in Toulouse France
Tours Japan with American psychedelic group Maquiladora as the guest guitarist.
TSURUBAMI and solo tours US and UK/Ireland with Pardons as Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective Tour.
GURU & ZERO plays at Festival Les Tritonales in Paris.
Performs at S.C.U.M (Small Circle of Unknown Music) in Seoul Korea.
Tours Japan with The Birds (Cotton Casino + Per Gisle Galaen) as the guest guitarist.
TURUBAMI tours Japan.
Tours Europe with Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins) and Tsuyama Atsushi (AMT) as Japanese New Music Festival European tour 2003 by 3 musicians as 5 units(ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE mode HHH, ZOFFY, ZUBI ZUVA X, Ruins Alone, Akaten). ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE mode HHH performs an improvised soundtrack to the Ira Cohen's film "The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda" at Kill Your Timid Nortion festival in Dandee Scotland. Japanese New Music Festival performs at Newton Festival di Musiche Contemporanee in Latina Italy.
ACID MOTHERS GONG (Acid Mothers Temple + Gong) performs at the Royal Festival Hall in London UK with Damo Suzuki and Incledible String Band.
Performs an improvised soundtrack to the Suzuki Seijun's film "Zigeunerweisen" by solo in England.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. holds the AMT Festival Vol.2 in Nagoya. Yamazaki Maso (Masonna, Space Machine) joins them as a special guest.

(2004)

Forms ANDROMELOS with Yamazaki Maso (Masonna, Space Machine) and Okano Futoshi (Nishinihon, ex Subvert Blaze, ex Ghost).
Plays in Korea and Nagoya as a member of Damo Suzuki's (ex Can) Damo's Network.
Tours Europe in a duo with J.F. Pauvros, and a duo with Murayama Seijiro (ex. Fushitsusha).
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. performs at the invitation of Mogwai played at All Tomorrow's Party UK.
Tours Japan as ACID MOTHERS GONG.
AMT Festival (special) holds in Osaka. Screenings of Audrey Ginestet's AMT documentary film "dokonan".
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours US and Canada. Also appear at Festival International Musique Actuelle in Canada.
Joins KINSKI's US tour as guest guitarist in August.
Tours Japan with American psychedelic group MAQUILADORA as the guest guitarist.
AMT film concert holds in Topkyo. Screening of a concert film of our 2002 performance with Rosina de Peira and 2004 performance in Philadelphia.
Joins Boredoms' guitarist Yamamoto Seiichi's psychedelic unit FLOWER MAN.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours Scandinavia and Europe.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. holds the AMT Festival Vol.3 in Nagoya. Afrirampo joins them as a special guest.
Begins collaborations with the psychedelic rock group MANDOG.
Forms a psychedelic unit FLOWER MAN with Yamamoto Seiichi (Boredoms, Omoide Hatoba, Rovo), Tsuyama Atsushi(AMT, Omoide Hatoba), China (DMBQ, Shonen Knife), Misawa Hiroki (Labcry), Michishita Shinsuke (LSD-March), Suhara Keizo (ex Rashinban, ex AMT) and others.

(2005)

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE mode HHH have changed their name to ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE SWR.
Forms ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO with Higashi Hiroshi (AMT), Tabata Mitsuru (Zeni Geva), Shimura Koji (Miminokoto, ex High Rise,), Okano Futoshi (ex Ghost, ex Subvert Blaze). The group has been born out of the line-up of Kawabata Makoto & The Mothers Of Invasion mk3.
FLOWER MAN plays an unprecedented 10 hour track in Osaka.
Tours Westran Japan with Argentina guitarist Anla Courtis (Reynols).
Tours Europe in a duo with J.F. Pauvros.
Tours Japan with Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins) and Tsuyama Atsushi (AMT) as Seikazoku Festival tour by 3 musicians with 1 guest as 5 units(SEIKAZOKU, ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE SWR, ZOFFY, Akaten, Atsushino & Akiko Tsuyamason).
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO tours Europe. The group perform at Venn Festival in Bristol, Hearing Protection Required festival, and as the headlining act on Ruin Festival in Vienna, Mo Fo Festival #5 in Paris.
Performances with Damo Suzuki (ex.Can) at Belleville Festival in Torino.
Forms GODMAN with Higashi Hiroshi (AMT) and Mandog (Miyashita Keiichi, Watanabe Yasuyuki, Enomoto Takayuki). ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO tours US and Canada. The group performs "In C" at Terry Rilley 70th Birthday Celebration in LA.
Forms SHRINP WARK with Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins). Tours Europe with Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins) and Tsuyama Atsushi (AMT) as Japanese New Music Festival tour ver.4 2005 by 3 musicians as 7 units(ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE SWR, SEIKAZOKU, SHRINP WARK, ZOFFY, ZUBI ZUVA X, Ruins Alone, Akaten).
Joins DAMO SUZUKI & AMAZING ALL-STAR BAND gig in London as guitarist with Omar A. Rodroguez-Lopez (Mars Volta), Charles Hayward (ex.This Heat).
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO performs at the invitation of Mars Volta played at All Tomorrow's Party UK.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. holds the AMT Festival Vol.4 in Nagoya. Afrirampo and Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins) joins them as special guests.

(2006)

Solo tour of Italy. Performs a solo guitar drone as the headlines the Guitar Festival in Salerno.
Plays in Osaka and Nagoya as a member of Damo Suzuki's (ex Can) Damo's Network.
Performances with Kuriyama Jun (ex Ox) in Nagoya.
Begins collaborations with Tabata's psychedelic rock trio Leningrad Blues Machine.
Joins Tsuyama's group ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE INCREDIBLE STRANGE BAND.
Joins Tsuyama's group O-Jazz.
Tours China with Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins) and Tsuyama Atsushi (AMT) as Japanese New Music Festival tour ver.4 2006 by 3 musicians as 7 units(ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE SWR, SEIKAZOKU, SHRINP WARK, ZOFFY, ZUBI ZUVA X, Ruins Alone, Akaten).
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours US.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO tours Europe. The group perform at the festival Nippon A Go Go in Paris.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO performs as a headliner at "Enban jamboree" in Tokyo.
Tours Japan with American psychedelic group MAQUILADORA as the guest guitarist.
Tours Japan as ACID MOTHERS GONG. Plays on Daevid Allen solo Japan tour as the guest guitarist.
Tours US and Mexico with Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins) and Tsuyama Atsushi (AMT) as Japanese New Music Festival tour ver.4 2006 by 3 musicians as 7 units(ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE SWR, SEIKAZOKU, SHRINP WARK, ZOFFY, ZUBI ZUVA X, Ruins Alone, Akaten). Japanese New Music Festival performs at Table Of The Elements Festival in Atlanta and Octopus Skull Experimental Musick Festival in Seattle.
ACID MOTHERS GONG performs as the headlining act on the first day of Gong Family Unconvention 2006 in Amsterdam.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours UK and Ireland.
Tours Europe in a duo with J.F. Pauvros and solo.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. holds the AMT Festival Vol.5 in Nagoya. Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru) and Kuriyama Jun (ex Ox) joins them as special guests.
Forms ACID MOTHERS GURU GURU with Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru) and Tsuyama Atsushi (AMT). Tours Japan.
Formas a new group with Suhara Keizo (ex AMT) and Aiko (Noizuwarcame).
Begins collaborations with Japanese psychedelic blues singer Suzuki Junzo.

(2007)

Solo and a duo with J.F. Pauvros tour in Europe.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours Japan with Swedish psychedelic group Trad,Gras och Stenar.
Begins collaborations with Per Gisle Galåen, Petter Flaten Eilertsen and Kai Mikalsen as DIP APPLE.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours US & Canada.
ACID MOTHERS GONG plays at Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville in Switzerland.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE SWR tours Japan with a guest keybord player Ishibashi Eiko
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO featuring PIKACHU (Afrirampo) tours Western Japan.
ACID MOTHERS GURU GURU tours USA
Performances as the headlining act at Free Damn Festival in Atlanta.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. plays as the headlining act at Mangetsusai 2007 (Full Moon Festival) in Miyajima Hiroshima.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. plays at New Picnic in Taiyokoen festival in Himeji.
Forms a new group with Yamazaki Maso (Masonna), Suhara Keizo (ex AMT & TMP U.F.O.) and Aiko (ex Noizuwarcame).
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. tours UK & European Tour.
Begins collaborations as trio with Pikachu (Afrirampo) and Tsuyama Atsushi.
Begins collaborations with Croatian Psychedelic band 7 That Spells.
Begins collaborations with Michishita Shinsuke (LSD-March).
Forms PUKACHU-MAKOTO with Pikachu (Afrirampo).
Forms MAHIKARI with Yamamoto Seiichi (Boredoms), Stoo Odom and Marco Villalobos.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO. holds the AMT Festival Vol.6. Yamamoto Seiichi (Boredoms), Kuriyama Jun (ex.Ox) and the liquid lighting team OHPIA joined them as special guests.
Begins collaborations as trio with Haino Keiji and Yoshida Tatsuya.

(2008)

Forms THREE MANTRAS with Yamazaki Maso (Masonna).
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE SWR and ACID MOTHERS GURU GURU tours Japan.
Forms HUMAN SHOWER with Satoshima Nani (Bogulta, ex.Zuinoshin).
Begins collaborations with Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru).
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. tours USA & Canada.
Tours Europe and Israel with Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins) as Japanese New Music Festival tour 2008 by 2 musicians as 5 units(ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE SWR, ZUBI ZUVA X, Ruins Alone, Akaten, Kawabata Makoto solo).
Solo and a duo with J.F. Pauvros tour in Europe.
ACID MOTHERS GURU GURU plays at Roadburn Festival in Holland.
ACID MOTHERS GONG plays in Tel Aviv (Israel).
Performances as the headlining act at Terrastock #7 in Louisville. plays as the guest guitarist with Kinski, Bardo Pond and Tanakh.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO tours Hokkaido.
Plays as the guest guitarist of GURU GURU at Herzberg Festival in Germany.
Joins Tsuyama's group ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & COSMIC MELTING BLUES BAND as electronics player.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO tours UK & Ireland.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. performs as ACID MOTHERS KAIDAN with Hijokaidan.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. tours UK & European Tour.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. holds the "Acid Mothers Temple Festival Vol.7". Ichiraku Yoshimitsu (Doravideo), Tabata Mitsuru (Zeni Geva) join them as special guests.

(2009)

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE SWR with UMEZU KAZUTOKI tours Japan.
ACID MOTHERS GURU GURU cancels Australian tour due to Kawabata's illness.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE SWR and ACID MOTHERS GURU GURU tours Japan.
Forms ACID MOTHERS DORAVIDEO with Ichiraku Yoshimitsu (Doravideo).
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. will tour the USA & Canada.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. will tour Japan.
The special unit ACID MOTHERS GURU GURU GONG will perform at Zappanale 20 in Germany. The line-up is Kawabata Makoto, Daevid Allen (Gong), Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru) and Guy Segers (ex.Universe Zero).




last updated: 18/Mar/2009