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Pianist, composer and jazz musician Jen Allen explores the intermingling of sorrow and joy in this original work created and performed in response to 1 Timothy 1:12-17.

1 Timothy 1:12-17



Jen Allen


Curated by: 

Jonathon Roberts


Image by Giorgio Trovato

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Kurinji is a beautiful blueish purple flower from Shola Forests of the Western Ghats in South India that only blooms every 12 years.

In the writing of this composition I wanted to focus on God's immense patience, mercy and grace, bestowed freely on all of us. In the Kurinji flower I see a beautiful image of God's grace and the "immense patience" involved in it's practice. This rare and mysterious flower is long anticipated and surprising in its transformation of entire mountainsides.

In like manner, the melody of this piece depicts sorrow and beauty intermingling revealing grace where unexpected; insinuating, delaying and finally revealing surprising bursts of melodic and harmonic brightness.

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The Artist's Reflection

Jen Allen is a pianist and composer who resides in West Hartford, CT.  In all her various creative pursuits, Jen feels that her art is a tangible expression of her relationship with her creator.  Jen earned her Bachelors degree in African American Music from The Hartt School and her Masters of Music in Jazz Composition from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is currently a Visiting Lecturer and Director of the Jazz Ensemble at Trinity College and a member of the BMI Jazz Composer Workshop in New York City.

Jen Allen

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