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Lisa Ono to sing bossa nova

JAPANESE-BRAZILIAN bossa nova singer Lisa Ono will perform later this month at the Shanghai Grand Stage.

The singer, who grew up in Brazil for 10 years, will be accompanied in her slow, leisurely music with piano, violin, flute and guitar.

The concert is titled "Bossa Time" and Ono has said she hopes it will be a break from the hectic pace of city life.

"Slowing down the pace of life and enjoying the moment is what I want to convey through my music," says Ono, who has toured internationally. "I hope I can provide a holiday for everyone in their soul."

The program includes her popular songs such as "La Vie En Rose," "White Christmas," "Dans Mon Ile" and others, in addition to Chinese songs including "Evening Primrose" in old Shanghai style, Teresa Teng's "When Will You Come Again?" and Jacky Cheung's "Blessing."

As usual, the setting and accompaniment are simple.

Ono has been asked whether Chinese audiences will be bored if there's no glitzy setting and visuals.

"Bossa nova is different from many other pop music styles. It's a quiet music, not suited for extravagant and complicated stating, but for a quiet and simple environment where audiences can better appreciate the rhythm and melody," says Ono, who plays the guitar.

"This is not about visual appreciation, but enjoying the relaxing melody. I hope the audience shares that feeling."

Ono began performing publicly with her guitar when she was 15 and became extremely popular in Japan.

Her style blends samba, jazz and poetry with her bossa nova.

She is described as embracing both Brazilian passion and Japanese sensibility.

Ono says that she doesn't care whether her concert is popular or not, as long as she can keep on singing and there are people who like it. She compares her music to a melody of love, flowers and laughter.

"Merging happy feelings with feelings for nature often inspires me," she says.

Date: November 27, 7:30pm

Venue: Shanghai Grand Stage

Address: 1111 Caoxi Rd N.

Tickets: 180-1,280 yuan (US$28-200)

Tel: 6217-2426, 6217-3055


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