Clint Bleil is a composer and saxophonist from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Clint has degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance from Slippery Rock University, where he studied under Jason Kush. Clint recently received his master's degree in Studio Jazz Writing from the University of Miami, where he studied composition under Gary Lindsay, John Daversa, and Carlos Rafael Rivera.
Clint is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Washington & Jefferson College, where he teaches woodwind lessons and music theory as well as leads the Jazz and Wind Ensemble. He also offers private woodwind lessons throughout the Pittsburgh area. He regularly performs in the Pittsburgh area with his quartet that focuses on modern jazz arrangements and compositions, as well as a funk/fusion group that he co-leads with his brother.
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In this episode, we discuss:
- Clint's earliest inspirations to compose, which composers have the biggest influence on his writing, and what he is listening to the most right now.
- His writing process and how he likes to vary it in order to challenge himself.
- How Clint has managed to remain creative throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
- What softwares he prefers for writing, recording, and video editing.
- Clint's experience at the University of Miami while earning his master's degree in Studio Jazz Writing.
- His current job at Washington & Jefferson College.
- His performing groups: The Clint Bleil Quartet & The Bleil Brothers.
- Growing up in a musical household.
- What influenced his eclectic taste in music.
- His approach to varying rhythm and meter tastefully in his compositions and arrangements.
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