Lisa Ono was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1962 but moved with her family to Tokyo at the age of 10. From that time on she spent half of every year in Japan, and half in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although she lived in Brazil for only a short time, she was turned into a type of “MPB (Brazilian popular music) ambassador” in Japan, influenced by her father, who owned a club while living in Brazil, and was also Baden Powell de Aquino’s agent.
Lisa has performed with Tom Jobim and with João Donato in Brazil, in addition to other performances around the world. Appearances in Japan include concerts at the Blue Note Tokyo with Paulo and Daniel Jobim, Toninho Horta, and Emílio Santiago.
In addition to making guest appearances on other recordings, Lisa has also created music for television commercials in Japan.