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.
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1 Timothy 1:12–17
12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
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.
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.