Explosive new jazz from Bristol

Run Logan Run

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Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani

Annie Gardiner

At the forefront of Bristol’s contribution to the pulsing new UK jazz scene come Run Logan Run, an alchemical fusion of surging, polyrhythmic alt-breakbeats and screaming guttural saxophone. Since forming in 2016 the duo (Andrew Neil Hayes, saxophones and Matt Brown, drums) have earned a reputation for explosive live performances, full of raw power and visceral energy.

2022’s Nature Will Take Care Of You saw RLR team up with vocalist Annie Gardiner (daughter of the late guitarist Ricky Gardiner, who played and collaborated with Iggy Pop and David Bowie) and a 9-piece ensemble including string and brass sections. It’s their most ambitious recording to date - reaching out towards propulsive rock and psychedelic soul, while keeping one foot in the radical jazz- not-jazz of Bristol’s ever fertile improv scene.

For this show they’ll be joined by the wildly inventive Dan Messore (Indigo Kid) on guitar and rising star Beth O’Lenahan (Nulifer Yanya) on bass.

Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani is a musician-producer and award-winning director of the Young Women’s Music Project. Thoughts on identity run as an undercurrent through her creative process as she connects the different cultures she embodies. She released her self-produced EPs Wednesday’s Child and Atigheh under the name Despicable Zee. Her previous body of work centred around Zahra’s reflections on the experience of immigration and existing between cultures which are worlds apart. 'For You', a new release whose four tracks shimmer with emotional eloquence and human warmth, despite challenging origins. This is an offering from a survivor during desperate times as a way to navigate and release surface level emotions in the midst of family court proceedings.

Annie Gardiner is best known as founding member and frontwoman from noise pop duo Hysterical Injury who went from being Steve Lamacq’s ones to watch to touring the UK with Beak> in 2019. She is long time topline writer and lyricist for the French Electronic band The Penelopes whose most recent single The Last Goodbye (Oct ‘22) features iconic actress and model Isabelle Adjani. 

‘Bloodletting’ is Annie Gardiner’s first solo album, exploring themes of loneliness becoming aloneness and renewal. It is an example of a homespun kitchen table artefact albeit from multiple homes. The whole album was recorded completely remotely from home studios to kitchens and bedrooms, with no in-person interaction or speaking on the phone.

Run Logan Run live at Jazz Jantar Poland
Run Logan Run in green woodland pond
Run Logan Run laying on rug
Image credits: Banner and thumbnail, photo credit Chris Lucas; live at Jazz Jantar Poland, photo credit Paweł Wyszomirski; in pond/woods, photo credit Simon Holliday; at Middle Farm, photo credit Daniel Broadley.