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, charming smile and rhythmic guitar playing led her to a huge success and helped Bossa Nova to become 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 performed in New York, Brazil and Asian countries. The album “Dream”, which was released in 1999, has been sold more than 2 hundred thousand copies in Japan, and since then she has established a solid position in the Japanese Bossa Nova community.
He began playing the piano at the age of five and began performance in 1991. He has toured the U.S. three times since joining YOSHIRO & Salesa Band in Tokyo. From 1997 to 1999, he was a member of the Japanese public performance of "Buena Vista Social Club" with the singer Omara Portuondo. Omara performed as a pianist at the BLUE NOTE public performance in Tokyo in March 2018. He participated in the Cuba 1998 Music festival performance.
He has cooperated with Ishimaru Kanji, Oobuchi Hiromitsu, Ono Lisa, Carlos Kanno, Grupo Chevere, Julee Karan, Som Brazil, 2 voice, Terai Naoko, Triangulo, NORA, Nakajima Keiko, Hatakeyama Miyuki, Mai, Marlene, Moriyama Ryoko, Yamamoto Kyoko, Watanabe Machiko and Luis Valle in recording and concert performances. He has performed with overseas musicians Dave Samuels, Dave Valentin, Lenny Castro and Marty Morell. He has also widely participated in various types of music composition, arrangement, performance and other activities.
Orihara Ryoji was born in Saitama, Japan in 1980. He began to specialize in fretless bass in college and now he is as one of the few fretless bass artists in the world.
He made his debut as a member of the new Brazilian music ensemble "Bophana" from 2005 to 2006, and participated in "OMAsound", beginning to make his mark in the jazz world. In 2009, he participated in the South American tour sponsored by the international exchange fund, and then participated in the China tour several times as a member of the Ono Lisa band.
Dennis Frehse was born in Hanover, Germany. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with the first place.
After returning to Germany, he performed with Branford Marsalis, Jesse Davis and other performers. He not only performed extensively in all European countries, but also made remarkable achievements in music education. In 2009, he began to focus on Tokyo.
He has cooperated with Watanebe Sadao, Ozone Makoto, Nakamura Seiichi, Hara Tomonao, Nakagawa Eijirou, Ono Lisa, Matsuda Seiko, and Moriya Junko. And he also released solo album on KonnoBin 78LABEL.
In 2000, as a member of "CASSETTECON-LOS", a Japanese-language music ensemble integrating Cuban, Trinidad and African music, she released four original albums in Tokuma, Japan.
Since 2005, she has joined the music ensemble led by Ono Lisa, a singer representing Japanese Bossa Nova music. Her debut solo album Withness was released in 2014, and the second album As we are in 2015. Yamakami Hitomi has worked with many other artists, recording films and commercials music, and arranging music.
Wada Mitsuhiro was born in Miyazaki, Japan in 1978. He began to learn trombone at the age of 12. He graduated from Department of Medicine and Health Care at the University of the Ryukyus. He has widely participated in a variety of concerts and recording activities mainly at Miyazaki and Okinawa. As a member of “Element of the Moment”, he has released five albums. He has participated in the Japanese domestic and Taipei international jazz festival performance and has received high acclaim. He now participates in jazz and Brazilian music performance mainly at Tokyo.
Since moving to Tokyo in 2005, Mike Zachernuk has become a familiar face on the local music scene. He is currently a member of the Tokyo Big Band (directed by Jonathan Katz) and the Simon Cosgrove.
He can be seen performing at venues such as the Park Hyatt Hotel, the B- Flat, Cafe Cotton Club, Satin Doll, JZ Bratand the Mandarin Hotel.
Mike's musical career got a kick-start after recording for Canada's national radio station (the CBC) in 2000 as a member of Chuck Israel's group. He then began a relationship with CBC radio that would bring his compositions to the ears of jazz fans across the country many times over subsequent years. During this time, he shared the stage with many of Canadian top musicians, as well as artists visiting from abroad such as Eddie Daniels and Kurt Elling. In 2003, Mike was the recipient of CBC Radio's esteemed Galaxie Rising Star Award for his performances in that year's Vancouver International Jazz Festival.