Yoko Ono has also been a key figure in the music scene. She has maintained a lifelong interest in music. Her father was a highly accomplished pianist, despite opting for a career in banking. As a child, she remembers listening to everyday sounds and transposing them into musical notation.
Ono’s first husband Toshi Ichiyanagi was a composer. While living in New York in the late 1950s, through him and others, she met many of the leading avant-garde musicians of the time, among them John Cage. She performed with John Cage when he visited Japan in 1962.
In 1969 she launched Plastic Ono Band, together with John Lennon.