|Vivian with new Gibson. He looks like *John Lee Hooker. (image from: XINMSN).|
Have guitar will travel and whether it was in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Indonesia or far away Japan this gentleman is still strumming his way into the hearts of many music lovers for 40 years and more.
Vivian Nonis was a clarinetist but started playing the guitar when be-bop was top. He is so good at his craft that his versatility spans many genres. Rock and roll or rhythm and blues, Latin or mood music Uncle Vivian plays them all.
|At the Singapore Art Museum performance in 2007 (image by Guitar77).|
He shares his music with others, practising and jamming with anyone who's interested to learn the art. He is a guitar tutor and in one of his rare appearances Vivian performed with his students at the Singapore Art Musuem in August 2007. In 2012 at the annual President's Star Charity Show on TV he was the accompanying guitarist playing Nat King Cole's L.O.V.E. and The Beatles, Can't Buy Me Love.
|Vivian Nonis' Music Corner where he tutors students (image You Tube by The Guitarista1102)|
During his younger days Vivian had played with famed Malay film star P. Ramlee and other prominent musicians. He was leader of a band that played at the 7th Storey Hotel and gladly mentioned that about one quarter of Singapore's musicians were his students. That is something!
I was lucky enough to have met Vivian some years ago when I visited him at the Home. Quiet, unassuming and very cheerful he taught me the embellishment of a few pop songs when we sat together at his favourite garden spot in the Home.
|Full house during tribute to Nonis (image by markomas n Guitar77)|
NB: If you were one of his students or if you are friend or family please write in as Wilfred and I will be meeting him soon and providing him a copy of this write-up and comments. Thanks.
*"John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was a highly influential American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist. William Hooker rose to prominence performing his own unique style of what was originally a unique brand of country blues. He developed a 'talking blues' style that was his trademark (Wikipedia)."
Images: Google, You Tube (XINMSN, The Guitarista1102, Guitar77 and markomas).