Kawabata Makoto

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Kawabata Makoto
Kawabata in performance in London in 2005
Kawabata in performance in London in 2005
Background information
OriginOsaka, Japan
GenresPsychedelic rock
InstrumentsGuitar, Sitar, Vocals, Violin, Hurdy-Gurdy, Bass Guitar, Bouzouki
Years active1978–present

Kawabata Makoto (河端 ) is a Japanese musician and founding member of the band Acid Mothers Temple. He was part of one line-up of Gong when Acid Mothers Temple and Gong briefly fused into one group.

Band history[edit]

Kawabata is chiefly famous for his leadership of Acid Mothers Temple and its variants; however, he has also played in many other bands since the start of his career in the late 1970s. Some of these bands are:

  • Baroque Bordello
  • Toho Sara
  • Erochika
  • Tsurubami
  • Musica Transonic
  • Mainliner
  • Mothers of Invasion
  • Nishinihon
  • Floating Flower

Solo discography[edit]

In addition to the many records recorded with bands, Kawabata Makoto has an extensive solo discography.[1] Major releases are:

  • The 'Private Tapes' series (1999–2004)
  • Inui.1 (2000)
  • Inui.2 (2000)
  • I'm in Your Inner Most (2001)
  • Hosanna Mantra (2007)
  • Inui.4 (2007)
  • We're one-sided lovers each other's (2013- Bam Balam.records)

Musical philosophy[edit]

In 2000, Kawabata wrote "Music, for me, is neither something that I create, nor a form of self-expression. All kinds of sounds exist everywhere around us, and my performances solely consist of picking up these sounds, like a radio tuner, and playing them so that people can hear them."[2]

"When I was a kid, I really loved Ritchie Blackmore – not so much the guitar style, just I liked his look, atmosphere, on the stage. Always, he stood on this side [right], also the stratocaster, and black clothes, and very aggressive [playing]. I really loved this image, so I wear just black. Also – easy to co-ordinate!"[3]


  1. ^ "Kawabata Makoto Solo Discography on Acid Mothers Temple Website". Retrieved 2014-05-12.
  2. ^ "Kawabata Makoto Profile on Acid Mothers Temple Website". Acid Mothers Temple. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
  3. ^ 'Never Ending Space Ritual' DVD Interview

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