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In the music of Geri Allen we hear a passionate intensity, rich with the sense of growth and possibility. It is music driven by the desire to honor those who came before; and a disciplined devotion to forging new paths through her playing and writing. She herself has said that “this music is about change. That is its focal point — having the courage to believe in your own voice.” Her solos and her compositions inspire a feeling of safety while also expressing the tension of her adventurous spirit. In past years, Allen has appeared as a composer, and performer in concert, at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, Caramoor Festival in Katonah, NY, the San Francisco Jazz Festival playing the music of Mary Lou Williams, the First Jerusalem Jazz Festival, the Cape Town Jazz Festival in South Africa, an Australian tour that took her to the cities of Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, to New Zealand, Europe; to Washington, D.C. for The Black Congressional Caucus and at The Village Vanguard in New York City.