BIOGRAPHY

Ono Lisa

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lisa Ono spent her childhood in Brazil until she became 10 years old. She started singing and playing the guitar when she was 15 years old, and her debut as a professional Bossa Nova singer was in 1989. Her natural voice, rhythmic guitar playing, and her charming smile led her to a huge success and helped Bossa Nova to be popular in Japan. She has performed with many top musicians such as the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Jazz Samba giant Joao Donato, and has been performing enthusiastically in New York, Brazil and Asian countries. The album “Dream”, which was released in 1999, sold more than 2 hundred thousand copies in Japan, and since than she has established a determined position in the Japanese Bossa Nova community.
1989
  • February

    her first single You’re so unique from MIDI was released, which was a commercial jingle of Max Factor.
  • July

    her first album Catupiry, which was recorded in Rio de Janeiro, was released.
  • October

    Hoshi no sampo was released as a single from her debut album. This song was a commercial jingle for Sapporo wine “Borreru”, and became popular.
1990
  • April

    her 2nd album Nanã, which was also recorded in Rio de Janeiro, was released.
  • May

    her first nationwide tour in Japan started.
  • October

    her 2nd nationwide tour in Japan started, with Doris Monteiro, Joni Alf, and Marsar, as guest artists from Brazil.
  • December

    she performed at the John Lennon 50th anniversary concert which was held at Tokyo Dome.
1991
  • March

    her 2nd album Nana received the Japan Gold Disc Award.
  • May

    her 3rd album Menina, which was recorded in Rio de Janeiro and single Clea was released from BMG Victor.
  • September

    Menina was released in the U.S.A. from BMG US Latin section.
1992
  • This year, Lisa established her own label “Nana label”, and started to introduce fine Brazilian music to Japan with passion. Also, she published her first photo and essay book Felicidade from Jyoho center.
  • January

    her first radio program “Serenata Carioca” of Bay-FM started.
  • March

    Menina won the Japan Gold Disc Award.
  • April

    her 1st VHS Menina Concert was released. The single Flor Do Campo was used as a commercial jingle for Shiseido.
  • April - May

    her first Japanese song Taiyo no kodomo tachi was on aired by NHK’s national kids program “Minnna no uta”.
  • June

    her 4th Album Serenata Carioca, which was recorded in Rio de Janeiro, L.A., and Tokyo, was released.
  • November

    VHS Peace Bossa was released. This collaboration of scenes from Amazon and Rio de Janeiro , and Lisa’s music, was produced by Hiroyuki Nakano.
1993
  • January

    her 5th album Namorada, which was recorded in Tokyo, was released. She also performed 36 concerts at the Blue Note Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka.
  • February

    she had her first performance at N.Y.
1994
  • April

    her 6th album Esperança was released. This album was recorded with the top artists including the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim in Rio de Janeiro.
  • October

    she had a performance at Sweet Basil in N.Y.
1995
  • April

    her 7th album Minha Saudade, which was produced with Joao Donato was released. This was also recorded in Rio de Janeiro.
  • June

    with Joao Donato, she toured Japan and also performed at Rio, Sao Paulo and scored a great success.
1996
  • June

    her 8 th album Rio Bossa , which was recorded in Rio de Janeiro , was released.
1997
  • September

    her 9th album Essência, which was recorded in N.Y., and single Shi a wa se was released and scored a hit. In this album she recorded various songs such as a cover of the Beatles’ number.
1998
  • July

    her 10th album Bossa Carioca, which was recorded in Rio de Janeiro, was released in Japan, and also Hong-Kong. This album was a tribute to the 40th anniversary of Bossa Nova music. She invited Paolo & Daniel Jobim, who are the son and the grandson of Antonio Carlos Jobim, as guest musicians.
1999
  • July

    her 11th album Dream was released. This album was recorded in L.A., with the leader of Bossa Nova, Oscar Castro-Neves. Good old American classic numbers which were born before Bossa Nova were selected for this album. From this album, “Moonlight Serenade” was used as a commercial jingle for Mitsubishi “Pajero-io.” This album sold more than 2 hundred million copies, and was released in Hong-Kong, Taiwan and became popular.
2000
  • July

    her 12th album Pretty World, which was recorded in N.Y., was released. This album included not only Bossa Nova numbers but numbers from pop music, became a best-seller. In Taiwan, she had her first promotion performance in Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung. She also received a Gold Disc in Taiwan. From this album, her album releases in over seas such as Hong-Kong, Taiwan, China, and Korea became more active.
  • November

    her first Christmas album Boas Festas was released. This album was recorded in Tokyo.
2001
  • July

    her 13th album Bossa Hula Nova was released. This album’s concept was “Bossa Nova” and “Hawaii”, since she had performed with Teresa Bright, who is a top singer in Hawaii.
2002
  • July

    her 14th album’s concept was “Italy”, and was titled Questa Bossa Mia… This album was released in all areas of Asia (Hong-Kong, Taiwan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Thai, Singapore, and Philippines), and establishes a solid position as a Bossa Nova singer.
2003
  • July

    her 15th album Dans Monîle was released. This album’s concept was “France”, and she collaborated with the leader of French Nouvelle Pop for more than 70 years, Henri Salvador.
2004
  • July

    her 16th album Naima – Meu Anjo – was released. This album’s concept was “Middle East & Africa.” Romero Lubambo who is a Brazilian Guitarist was invited as a guest musician.
  • November

    her 2nd Christmas album Boas Festas 2 – Feliz Natal – was released. Oscar Castro-Neves, Romero Lubambo, and Toninho Horta recorded with Lisa as guest artists.
2005
  • June

    Lisa started her tour to Mexico and Cuba with her new concept “Latin.” Her Latin trilogy Romance Latino Vol.1-3 was released in 3 months. Each album has a theme and they are “Sophisticate / Estilo”, “Romantico”, “Caliente.”
  • November

    she had her 3rd performance in Taiwan, and also performed in Singapore and Korea for the first time. She performed Bossa Nova classics and jazz standard numbers, and also sang local songs in their native language. Not only Japan, but the local media also reported this news and the performance was a great success. In Taiwan, her Latin trilogy won a gold disc.
2006
  • February

    her 17th album Romance Latino Vol.1 , which was released in 2005, won the Japan Gold Disc Award “The Best Jazz Album Of The Year.”
  • October

    her 20th album Jamabalaya – Bossa Americana - was released.
2007
  • February

    her 20th album Jamabalaya – Bossa Americana - won a platinum disc in Taiwan. Also, this album was the best-seller of the Jazz album ranking for 6 months, and was in the top 10 of the international chart for more than 6 months. This ranking was made by “KK BOX”, which is the largest music news website, and at the “KK BOX Digital Music Awards”, Jamabalaya – Bossa Americana- won “The Best International Album of the Year.” In Japan, she received the Japan Gold Disc Award “The Best Jazz Album Of The Year” again.
  • March

    she performed at the “Java Jazz Festival 2007” in Jakarta. This was her first performance in Indonesia but many fans came to see her performance, and at the end of the stage they gave an enthusiastic standing ovation.
  • June

    she performed at the “2007 Shanghai Jazzy”, as an opening act for the Shanghai jazz week. This was her first performance in Shanghai but all tickets of her 2 performances were sold out.
  • July

    her 21st album Soul & Bossa was released. This album was recorded Bill Cantos, who also performed in the last album. The theme of this album is “soul music.”
  • August

    to celebrate the 80th year from Antonio Carlos Jobim’s birth, she invited Paolo & Daniel Jobim, who are the son and the grandson of Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Miucha, who was a great friend of Antonio, and performed at Hibiya. This concert’s title was “Sunset Bossa – Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim – .”
  • October

    her DVD Lisa Ono 2007 Sunset Bossa – Tribute to Antonia Carlos Jobim –was released. This DVD includes the footage of the tribute concert in August.
  • November

    her 22 nd album The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim “Ipanema” was released. The Jobim family, Paolo & Daniel Jobim, and Miucha also performed in this recording.
2009
  • April-January

    her Asian tour from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, to Bangkok was held.
  • March

    her 2 new albums, Cheek To Cheek – Jazz Standards from RIO – and Look To The Rainbow – Jazz Standards from L.A. – were released at the same time. Both albums’ theme is Jazz music, and features arrangers from Brazil and Los Angeles.
  • From May

    Lisa Ono Concert Tour 2009 – Jazz Standards -, a tour to celebrate her two new albums, has started.
2010
  • February

    Released her 25th album ASIA, which is a collection of folk songs from Asia. Lisa sung every song in its local language.
  • April

    Performed in Hong Kong for 2 days.
  • May

    Performed in Singapore.
  • July

    Performed at Billboard Live Tokyo for 2 days with a special guest, Dori Caymi. Also she released her latest best album, Complete BEST, which covers her career of 20 years. On July 16th, she performed at Shenyang, China, in an opening ceremony for International Tourism Festival as a guest representing Japan.
  • December-November

    She was on the road for LISA ONO Winter Bossa Tour, performing in Yokosuka, Saitama, Ibaraki, Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo, and Sendai. On December 5th she participated in Urban Simple Life Festival at Taipei, Taiwan. Also she had two concerts in China, Shenzhen on the 29th of December and Chongqing on the 31st as her count down concert series.
2011
  • April

    Made a guest appearance at “Earth Day Concert” which was co-hosted by Earth Day Tokyo and the Earth Summit Arrangements Committee. She completed her role as Japan’s goodwill ambassador to Brazil by appealing the importance of environmental protection.
  • May-July

    Her first “Talk & Live Tour” which featured her own memories and stories from Brazil.
  • June

    Performed as a guest in KAMA Love Music Festival in Beijing, China.
  • July

    Performed at Billboard Live Osaka and Tokyo for 4 days with special guest Oscar Castor Neves.
  • August

    On August 6th, her “Lisa Ono Asia Tour 2011” started, which includes over 20 performances in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan etc. The schedule of this tour is as follows:

    August   6th (Sat.) – Macao Cultural Centre, Macao
    August   25th (Thu.) – Qingdao Grand Theatre, Qingdao, China
    August   27th (Sat.) – Wuhan Theater, Wuhan, China
    August   28th (Sun.) – Hunan Grand Theater, Changsha, China
    September 4th (Sun.) – Chengdu Sports Center, Chengdu, China.
    September 25th (Sun.) – Jiageng Stadium, Xiamen, China
    September 27th (Tue.) – KITEC Rotunda Star Hall, Hong Kong
    October   6th (Thu.) – National Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Taiwan
    October   8th (Sat.) – Chung-Shan Hall, Taiwan
    October   9th (Sun.) – Kaohsiung Culture Center, Taiwan
    November 17th (Thu.) – Shenzhen Concert Hall, Shenzhen, China
    November 18th (Fri.) – Zhongshan Culture and Arts Center Grand Theater, Zhongshan, China
    November 19th (Sat.) – Lingnan Pearl Stadium, Foshan, China
    November 20th (Sun.) – Symphony Hall of Guangdong Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou, China
    November 25th (Fri.) – Nanjing Great Hall of the People, Nanjing, China
    November 27th (Sun.) – Shanghai Grand Stage, Shanghai, China
    December  9th (Fri.) – Fuzhou Gymnasium, Fuzhou, China
    December 11th (Sun.) – Dalian World Expo Cneter, Dalian, China
    December 25th (Sun.) – Great Hall of Shandong, Jinan, China
    December 27th (Tue.) – Changzhou Grand Theatre, Changzhou, China
    December 29th (Thu.) – Hangzhou Theater, Hangzhou, China
    December 31st (Sat.) – Beijing Gymnasium, Beijing, China
    Performances in Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thai and Brunei will be in 2012.
  • October

    On October 26th she released her 26th album Japao. As the goal for her musical journey of the world she chose Japan for the theme of the album.
2012
  • July - December

    Had Asian tour performances in Taiwan, China and several other places between July ~ December, 2012
2013
  • August

    Was awarded to observe many years of achievement. Awarded, the medal called “RIO BRANCO”, which is one of the highest Medals presented by the Brazilian Government.
  • October

    Sang the ending song of the Chinese movie called "Fall Of Ming".
  • December

    Performed at Christmas&New Year’s concerts held in six cities in China.
2014
  • January

    Performed for commercials for Nomura Real Estate ,"PROUD" Series was arranged for(PROUD x Whitehaven Beach with RISA ONO) in the called "Someone to watch over me"
  • February

    Attended as a guest for Tsugaru shamisen player, HIROMITSU AGATSUMA’s performance, a combination of Japanese and Western songs in Hyogo Prefecture, Aichi Prefecture, and Tokyo.
  • April

    JAZZ WEEK TOKYO, 2014 (in Shibuya Orchard Hall), Titled the “Brazil Project”, one of the masterpieces, Antonio Carlos Jobim’s famous songs was performed by Lee Ritenour (Dave Grusin) and Antonio Carlos’ grandson called Daniel Jobim. Their performance was great and fully successful.
  • May

    In May A commerations of the 25th anniversary from the date of the first CD published. Return to the origin and announced the music ALBUM called “BRASIL”.
    From Brazil in June, Mario Ajine, a longtime friend, who arranged this music, joined the performance for four days in Blue note Tokyo. All the seats in all eight performances were SOLDOUT. There were also many standing customers gathered to see the performance.
  • July

    One of the three most famous JAZZ FESTIVALS in the world, the Montreux Jazz Festival. Attend as a guest of the Blue note TOKYO ALL ☆ BIG BAND.
  • September

    The Lisa Ono Japao tour - Travel around the world with the song of Bossa Nova - Started the journey from performances in West Japan. Traveled many places and sold out all the ticket in several places.
    Also, performance overseas started.
  • November

    2015 GW roadshow,”The queen’s palace”, the ending song of the movie “PLAISIR D’AMOUR” was played by Ono Lisa.
    The story was written by Jiro Asada’s, played by actor called Yutaka Mizutani.
    Also, 「Bossa Disney Best」 was announced by Disney and was created with many famous bossa nova music artists.
    In the first recording, Lisa covered the song “Let It Go” from the movie called “Frozen” into the bossa nova style.
  • December

    The China tour in 2014 (travel all 14 cities) started from Beijing jazz fes in September. It was also in the beginning of the year of 2015.
2015
  • March

    Southeast Asia’s largest music event,”Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, was performed in 2015. There were full of standing customers in the locations which has available customer space for 4,500 people. Those performances were totally successful with great cheers for two days.
    Also, right after returning back to Japan, we had a “3/11 Tohoku Earthquake events ” (CINEMA MUSIC JAM for Tohoku @ Toyosu PIT). Japanese music band called “ Gosupera-zu” and Sarah, Oleic, Hajime Mizoguchi joined the event.
  • May

    Members of the popular Korean artist group “Brown Eyed Soul”, JUNG YUP (Anne Jon’yobu)’s original 3rd album, “Merry Go Round”’s one of the songs (A Thousand Miles) were joined with Ono.
    In addition, in the Nikkei newspaper (Japanese newspaper that is published five times a week in Sao Paulo City), asked for the interview to find out what kind of food that Lisa ate in Brazil and wanted to announce that in Japan. From that, a cooking essay called “Lisa Ono’s of Bom Apetite!” cooking essay “was started to be publish.