Melbourne audiences will have the opportunity to hear the unforgettable songs of original Split Enz keyboardist Eddie Rayner when Arts Centre Melbourne presents ENZO: The Songs of Split Enz at Hamer Hall on Friday 17 November 2017.
Inspired by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s 1996 Split Enz collaboration EnzSo – which saw a huge orchestral and vocal palette teamed with the band’s timeless songs – this 21st anniversary event is another evolutionary moment in the history of an iconic repertoire which includes hits such as I See Red, Six Months in a Leaky Boat and Message to my Girl.
Eddie Rayner leads the impressive ‘Enzemble’, incorporating a rock band, brass and string sections and guest vocalists Rima Te Wiata (Hunt of the Wilderpeople, Full Frontal, Sons and Daughters), Rikki Morris and Phil Madsen.
This rock concert come instrumental extravaganza will be as grand as it is beautiful, in the opulent surrounds of Hamer Hall. Rayner’s unique keyboard sounds, arrangements and playing style was a trademark of the Split Enz sound, helping to enshrine the band as one of New Zealand’s most successful ever.
Following the disbanding of Split Enz in 1985, Rayner went on to play keyboards for Crowded House and Paul McCartney, and in the 90s he conceived, arranged and produced the highly acclaimed and successful EnzSo project, which spawned a multi-platinum album and highly successful national tours across Australia and NZ.
Now an acclaimed music producer, Rayner has continued to collaborate with artists locally and abroad on a range of projects, as well as being Music Director on NZ Idol. Using his experience and expertise to carefully rework Split Enz’s beloved hits for his talented ‘Enzemble’, the audience are in safe hands with ENZO: The Songs of Split Enz.
Eddie Rayner’s ENZO: The Songs of Split Enz
Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Performance: Friday 17 November 2017 – 8.00pm
Information and Bookings: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
Image: Eddie Rayner