M.Music, B.Music, Grad.Dip.Ed.(Sec.), A.Mus.A.(pf), A.Mus.A.(trp, distinction).
Clint is a graduate of Queensland University of Technology’s Academy of the Arts where he studied trumpet under Phil Ryan. He also holds a Masters degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where his research focused on crossover music (Dissertation, Crossover Trends: The Nexus between the Third Stream Movement and Contemporary Music). Clint was awarded a 2011 Churchill Fellowship to study contemporary trumpet performance techniques from leading practitioners involved in the creation of crossover music in the UK, Netherlands and France. 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 teacher at a number of Brisbane schools. Clint has also 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 UQ Big Band (at the University of Queensland).
Clint has backed prominent artists including Don Burrows, Julie Anthony, James Morrison, Chrissy Amphlett, Tina Arena, Natalie Cole, Anthony Calea, Mark Diesel, Leo Sayer, Human Nature, Rick Price, Christine Anu and John Waters, and has travelled with various 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 both 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 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 currently playing in the Latin group, Hot Mambo (which was the resident Latin band at the Treasury Casino (Brisbane) for over four years) and the highly successful hip-hop collective, the Resin Dogs. Clint also is a regular recording artist in Brisbane appearing on various 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 various 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. Clint’s compositions and arrangements have been performed in Australia by various ensembles and in the USA by the Paducah Chamber Winds. His (brass) chamber music group, the ‘Seventh Chapter Ensemble’ had established itself as one of Australia’s finest contemporary chamber ensembles through its innovative repertoire and acclaimed performances. The ensemble commissioned works by local composers and subsequently released a CD in 2005 showcasing these works titled “With Bricks Thrown At Ya“. The ‘Seventh Chapter’ has been the recipient of Australian Arts Council grants (in 2002 and 2005) to develop new works that integrate new music and other art forms to draw a wider audience to the arts. In 2003, the ‘Seventh Chapter’ presented a sold-out concert of new works at the Metro Arts Theatre where they featured the computer animations of Brisbane artist, Emily Nelson. The ‘Seventh Chapter’ has performed extensively in self-styled concerts, in collaboration with ensembles Topology (directed by Dr Robert Davidson) and Isorhythmos (led by David Montgomery) and major music festivals (such as the Woodford Folk Festival’s Fire Event where they performed in to an audience in excess of 25,000 people). In May 2005, the group performed the Australian premiere of Eric Ewazen’s “Shadowcatcher – Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra” (with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra). Dr Ewazen, senior lecturer at the Julliard School of Music (New York, USA), traveled to Australia especially to attend the concert.
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 teacher of the Carmine Caruso trumpet technique. 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 various 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, saw the birth of the Zappa Big Band which performed sold-out shows performing the eclectic music of Frank Zappa and Bjork. The Zappa Big Band debuted in late January at a sold-out Brisbane Jazz Club where they were forced to turn away scores of enthusiastic patrons unable to squeeze into the packed venue! They were also featured at the Globe Theatre, the Broadbeach Jazz Festival (2011) and the Brisbane Festival, again selling the Spiegeltent out with over 600 people attending! 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 within this sound world results in an organic use of electronic sources.
In 2011, Clint was awarded a Churchill Fellowship; this research trip allowed him to generate ideas/methodologies about ‘crossover’ performance techniques. He studied with a host of classical/jazz trumpet players including Marcus Stockhausen, Frank Anepool, Eric Aubier, Scott Wendholt, Wim Van Hasselt and Ruud Breuls which allowed him to investigate the (advanced) performance techniques/skills/intentions that these types of players possess. Clint also recorded (in Osnabruck, Germany) an album of new commissioned works for trumpet, piano and string quartet.
As of 2013, he is currently working on a series of recordings with Dave Atkins (Resin Dogs, Wolfmother) where they are producing and re-scoring “hip-hop” beats/tunes, using obscure and/or classical sources (eg, Stravinsky’s “Petrushka’).
Clint is also a published author about contemporary music with articles published in RealTime Arts Journal (based in Sydney, Australia).
Selected Newspaper/press coverage
- Bentley, D. (1999) ‘Experiments in brass and wah-wah’, Courier Mail, 31 July, p.42.
- Hebden, B. (2000) ‘Youthful ensemble as bold as brass’, Courier Mail, 12 March, p.64
- McMahon, M. (2003) ‘Resin Dogs: dance it up’, Scene Magazine, 12 August, p.7
- Cahill, M. (2003) ‘Dirty Dogs’, Sain Magazine, 22 September, Issue 63, p.79.
- Donovan, L. (2003) ‘Digging In The Dirt’, Rave Magazine, 30 September, p.14.
- Lollback, R. (2005) ‘Trumpet player set to benefit from American music seminar’, Bayside Star,10 April, p.13.
- Stead, L. (2005) ‘Allen trumpets benefits of conference’, Northside Chronicle, 12 April, p.11.
- Watson, P. (2005) ‘New-music something to like’, Courier Mail, 26 September, p.72
- Sorenson, R. (2005) ‘Fans Drawn To New Beat’, Courier Mail, 21 November, p.56
- ‘Trumpet joins coast orchestra for concert’, Sunshine Coast Daily (April 20 2006), p.5.
- Condon, D. (2010) ‘Zappa Big Band’, Time Off Magazine, ? July, p.?.
- Cass, M. (2010) ‘Zappa Big Band To Conquer The Globe’, Scene Magazine, ? July, p.?
- Hickson, K. (2011) ‘Bass Boys Breezing In’, Gold Coast Bulletin
Selected CD Discography
- ‘Smoke Signals’ – Hot Mambo (2002)
- ‘Hi-Fidelity Dirt’ – Resin Dogs (2003)
- ‘Roger Gonzalez Quintet’ – Roger Gonzalez Quintet (2004)
- ‘With Bricks Thrown At Ya’ – Seventh Chapter Ensemble (2005)
- ‘The Deeper You Dig’ – Butterfingers (2006)
- ‘Silent Son‘ – Getano Bann (2007)
- ‘Devil In A Red Dress‘ – Doch (2007)
- ‘More’ – Resin Dogs (2007)
- ‘Illumination‘ – Mary Tham (2009)
- ‘Whoa Tilly!‘ – Barbara Fordham & Leah Cotterill (2010)
- ‘Globaletic‘ – Soundscapes (2011)
- ‘in production‘ – Praxis Axis (2011)
- ‘Impulse‘ – Clint Allen & Martin Fondse & Zapp 4 (2013)
- ‘For Your Ears Only‘ – Thavy Ear (2013)
- ‘The Beats From Down Under‘ – Resin Dogs (2013)
“Clint is one of this states leading young music entrepreneurs, performers and composers in his genre” (Ralph Hultrgren)
“Clint is one of the rare musicians in Brisbane who has refused to restrict himself to either the classical or jazz/popular genre: he has sought first and foremost to be an excellent musican and trumpet player, and a knowledgable and reflective artist. In my opinion, he is ahead of the crowd in approaching music this way: the 21st century is already seeing a blurring of musical boundaries which demands a broad knowledge of musics and a varied set of skills, which Clint has been developing all along.” (Louise Denson)
As a leading Australian trumpeter and driver of musical life in Brisbane, Clint makes a significant contribution to music (both in Australia and internationally), because the instrument remains very much under-documented as an area of creative music practice, even while its practitioners are exceedingly active and influential. Clint’s demonstrated energy, audacity and commitment to consistent and outstanding excellence makes the project a sure-fire route to an exceptional contribution to musical life in Australia.” (Dr Robert Davidson)
“Clint is not only a most competent performer on the trumpet but an imaginative and creative thinker as to the use of the trumpet in non traditional mediums.” (Phil Ryan)
Seventh Chapter – www.seventhchapter.com
The Trickster Project – www.tricksterproject.com
Zappa Big Band – http://web.me.com/clintallen/zappa_big_band
Hot Mambo – www.hotmambo.com
Soundscapes – www.myspace.com/soundscapesquintet
Resin Dogs – www.resindogs.com.au
Dave Galea BASSBOY – www.myspace.com/davegalea
Jazz Queensland – www.jazzqueensland.com