Trumpeter; composer; lecturer; tutor; conductor
Clint is one of Brisbane's most renowned trumpet players, and a driver of musical life in the city with his own jazz and chamber groups. He is a graduate of Queensland University of Technology's Academy of the Arts where he studied trumpet under Mr Phil Ryan, and a Masters degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where his research focused on crossover music. Also holding his A.Mus.A. (Associate Music Australia) in piano, he has headed brass and piano workshops in Brisbane and Sydney, lectured at QUT (multi-instrumental techniques) and taught instrumental music at a number of Brisbane schools. In addition Clint has tutored both Principal and Second Study Trumpet (Classical) at the Queensland University of Technology. He has also lectured at the QLD Young Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) in Contemporary music composition (Composers Workshop) and directed various jazz ensembles. Clint is currently the director of the Big Band at the University of Queensland.
Clint has backed prominent artists including Don Burrows, Julie Anthony, James Morrison, Chrissy Amphlett, Anthony Calea, Mark Diesel, Leo Sayer, Rick Price, Christine Anu and John Waters, and has travelled with ensembles both nationally and internationally. Recently, he has performed and toured with BUZZ, a brass quartet formed by Musica Viva to educate young children around Australia and develop music programs in primary schools in city and rural areas along the east coast of Australia. He is a versatile player who has performed in a variety of jazz and classical ensembles including the Alan Brown Big Band, the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra, the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and the newly formed Gold Coast Symphony Orchestra. He has also played in pop/funk bands such as the Hip Hop Horns, Honey and Planet Funk, and world music groups such as the Doch Gypsy Orchestra.
Clint is additionally a regular recording artist in Brisbane appearing on projects including the Resin Dog's album's 'More' (2007) and ' Hi-Fidelity Dirt' (2003) and the acclaimed Butterfingers album 'The Deeper You Dig' (2006). He has appeared at almost every major Australian festival including the Big Day Out, Splendour In The Grass, East Coast Blues & Roots Festival, Livid, Brisbane Festival, and the Woodford Folk Festival.
Clint has played in musical productions including 'West Side Story' (2004) and 'Fiddler on the Roof' (Brisbane season, 2006) which starred Topol as the lead character. He has also appeared as a trumpet soloist with orchestras around Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast.
Clint is actively involved in the presentation and promotion of new music in Australia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed in Australia by various ensembles and in the USA by the Paducah Chamber Winds. In 2005 Clint was awarded a Queensland Arts Grant to attend the International Brass Chamber Music seminar in the USA (University of East Carolina) hosted by the world renowned Meridian Arts Ensemble. He has also had lessons with Mark Gould, Juilliard School of Music, and Laurie Frink, Manhattan School of Music, the world-renowned teacher of the Carmine Caruso trumpet technique.
Recently, he has worked on the Playstation (PS2) computer game soundtrack, 'El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera', which was scored by Mick Gordon (Game Audio Australia) and television commercials - Australand Homes, Gold Lotto, Heineken Beer.
Clint is often also involved with various side-projects including featuring in NORPA's 2006 acclaimed contemporary operatic production of "Electric Lenin", and the Australian premiere of Dutch composer Jacob Ter Veldhuis' "Heartbreakers" (for jazz sextet and samples), which was a featured event at the 2005 Valley Jazz Festival.
Clint is currently performing in Cleon Barraclough's new group, 'Soundscapes' and Dave Galea's fusion-funk band, 'Bassboy'. In 2007, he formed the new chamber/rock ensemble, 'The Trickster Project' (trumpet, saxophone, cello, piano, bass, drums) after commissioning Brisbane composer, Thomas Green to write music that blends classicism with modern grooves; the band premiered at the Brisbane Powerhouse in late 2008. In 2010 the Zappa Big Band was born, performing sold-out shows with the eclectic music of Frank Zappa. Under the direction of Clint Allen, the ensemble plans to bring the music of Bjork to audiences in 2011.
Another new ensemble co-formed by Clint was the experimental group, Sympatico, which presented a program exploring the interaction between electronically generated sound, real-time electro-acoustic sound manipulation and the pure acoustic instrumentation of piano, percussion and trumpet. Featuring works by Thomas Green, Daniel Hamburger, Dafnis Prieto and Stephen Barber are a hybrid of synthetic sounds, albeit mainly from analogue sources such as the Moog synthesizer, and the careful placement of acoustic instrumentation. This sound world results in an organic use of electronic sources, embracing new media and cutting edge developments in audio and visual production. Sympatico are an ensemble born of the age of information, and not afraid to show it!
Clint is also a writer on contemporary music with articles published in RealTime Arts Journal (based in Sydney, Australia).