Augusto Monk was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1971. As a child, he played the drums and later on the piano, the vibraphone and the orchestral percussion.
At the age of 24, he went to Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated in Composition Magna Cum Laude. He studied the piano at The Boston Conservatory, and after working as an orchestra manager and a freelance keyboard player he moved to London-UK to gain his Master’s Degree in Composition for Films; he also worked as a ballet pianist and piano teacher. Later on, he gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Music Education, and after several frustrating experiences in the classroom, he started a PhD in “Pansonic Co-ordination”, i.e: playing several instruments at the same time as a one-man band.
He started his career as a composer in 2000, and from the very beginning, Monk became aware of the difficulty of engaging an audience in new works. Several attempts followed in order to overcome this issue. Eventually, the idea of including visuals, groove-based music and narrations materialized in his first illustrated comic audio book “Dath Awaiting Moon”. Thirteen other works followed as well as changes and experiments in visual styles, music genres and instrumentation.
The way it stands today: a man who tells a story as accompanies himself on drums, keyboards and bass pedal-board as we see projected drawings that illustrate the plot.