East Amherst resident involved in two Grammy-nominated albums
The East Amherst resident was involved in the production of "Louisiana - A Pianist's Journey," performed by Kenneth Boulton through Cambria Master Recordings, receiving a nomination for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra).
Also "30 Songs of the Russian People," performed by Joseph Banowetz and Alton Chung Ming Chan through Toccata Classics, was nominated for Best Chamber Music.
Casuccio mastered both of these albums, which were produced by the team of Victor and Marina Ledin, and with whom Casuccio has done many projects. Mastering is the final stage of the recording process, where the final polish is added.
He mastered the 2005 Grammy nominated Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) "Night Breeze," Sarah Schuster Ericsson, through Cambria Master Recordings.
After graduating from Fredonia State College in 1991, Casuccio was recruited by Reader's Digest, in partnership with BMG, to join its record label in New York City as a producer. During his nine years there, he worked with several major record labels, remixing and remastering more than 400 albums of world-renowned artists such as Tony Bennett, Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstadt, Glenn Miller, and Johnny Cash.
He then joined the Sony Music Company in San Francisco to lead its audio production department. For the next two years, he engineered and produced live music mixes for Sony's Music Backstage show, which featured major artists such as Lifehouse, Kasey Chambers, and Eliades Ochoa (Buena Vista Social Club).
Returning to Buffalo in 2004, Casuccio founded Xtream Audio Mastering; among his clients is fellow Buffalonian Robby Takac's (Goo Goo Dolls) Good Charamel Records label. He teaches recording technology at Villa Maria College, as well as being a frequent guest speaker for Takac's nonprofit Music In Action organization.
Casuccio currently serves as vice president of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.
The Grammy Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10. Casuccio said he had the opportunity to attend but then had business conflicts. He is hoping next year to attend.
"I have my fingers crossed," he said, adding that if one of the artists wins, then he would receive a Participation Award.
Casuccio said he was watching online when the nominations were released, and within 30 minutes the two producers called about the good news.
He is predicting that "Louisiana - A Pianist's Journey," has an extremely good chance of taking home a Grammy.
After years of working around the country, Casuccio said he moved back to Buffalo to be with family. The Internet has allowed him to work with clientele from throughout the world.