Multi-instrumentalist Augusto Monk is one of my oldest musical friends. He's been in the trenches with me since we first met at Berklee College of Music way back when. We would meet in the school's shitty little practice rooms with the broken-down pianos at midnight almost every night of the semester to practice ear training together. We'd stay until they kicked us out at 2am.
Originally from Argentina, he's lived in Boston, London, and now Toronto. His music is equally as nomadic. At any given time, I have no clue what instrument he is playing, what kind of music he is making, or if he is even making music at all -- sometimes he paints, draws cartoons, or makes films.
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We go a long time without seeing or talking to each other, but when we do, we always fall into deep discussions about the nature of making music. Invariably, we wonder: did those endless nights of ear training teach us anything? Anything at all? Or were they just an exercise in stamina? Or was that the point?
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