Michael Vezzuto is the author of Extreme Music.
He was born in Brooklyn New York, U.S.A. on September 24, 1965. He graduated from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 1988 with a degree in General Communication, and worked briefly as an audio engineer for WBUR – one of the National Public Radio affiliates in Boston – and the now defunct Monitor Radio (the public radio programming service of the Christian Science church).
He played the electric bass in several rock bands in the Boston area during the 1980s, most notably with M.O.T.O. (Masters of the Obvious) from 1988-1989, and appears on the 7″ release I’ve Shot My Load and I’m Ready for the Grave.
During this time he got interested in Zen Buddhism, a strict spiritual discipline that nevertheless includes humor in its practice. After practicing Zen meditation for two years in New York and at Providence Zen Center in Providence, Rhode Island, he moved to Japan, where he was fortunate enough to practice at Hosshinji (here’s a picture of the temple) in Obama, Fukui Prefecture, where Harada Sekkei Roshi was (and still is) abbot.
He completed his Master’s Degree in Humanities, with a Concentration in Music through the California State University, Dominguez Hills Humanities Department in 2008. His Master’s thesis, entitled The Divine Proportion and Its Uses in Musical Composition: An Investigation and Interpretation tied for first prize as Thesis of the Year in the Humanities Department and went on to take third prize campus wide in 2008.
The thesis has generated enough interest that he was invited to speak on the topic at the Assisi Suono Sacro Festival in Assisi, Italy in 2014, and was invited back to give a talk on the same topic again in 2015.
The seriousness and precision required for the thesis led him to seek balance by writing his mostly comic but partly philosophical first novel Extreme Music, self-published in late 2013, about a Romantically-minded violinist threatened by the powerful, physical, and dangerous compositions of one of his contemporaries.
Michael’s interests include reading all sorts of books, listening to all (well almost all) kinds of music, and anything else that allows one to contemplate the passing of time.
He co-hosts the Adult Music podcast, on which he discusses recent classical and jazz album releases, and is currently at work on his second novel, which will have nothing to do with music.