Monday, January 14, 2008


When this year’s Grammy nominations were announced, Buffalo’s Anthony Casuccio was very pleased. Two albums that he was involved in the production of were nominated: Louisiana - A Pianist’s Journey, Kenneth Boulton (Cambria Master Recordings) was nominated for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra), and 30 Songs of the Russian People, Joseph Banowetz and Alton Chung Ming Chan (Toccata Classics) was nominated for Best Chamber Music. Casuccio mastered both of these albums, which were produced by the famed 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.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Casuccio has held a number of high-profile positions in the music industry and has been widely sought after for his highly-trained technical ear during his 15 years in the industry.

After graduating from Fredonia State University in 1991, he was recruited by Reader’s Digest, in partnership with BMG, to join their record label in New York City as a producer. During his 9 years there, he worked with several major record labels, remixing and remastering over 400 albums of world-renowned artists such as Tony Bennett, Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstandt, Glenn Miller, and Johnny Cash.

He then joined the Sony Music Company in San Francisco, California to lead its audio production department. For the next 2 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). Also, while in San Francisco, he sat on the Board of Governors for the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy, being elected to the office of 2nd Vice President.

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. Locally, he currently serves as Vice President of the Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame, and nationally, he has remained very active within the Grammy organization.

Casuccio’s work has been featured in Mix Magazine, Billboard Magazine, The New York Times, Gramophone, and International Piano. He mastered the 2005 Grammy-nominated Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra) Night Breeze, Sarah Schuster Ericsson (Cambria Master Recordings), as well as To Call My Own, Barton (Netsphere), the artist’s 3rd Top 40 hit and a featured break-out single in the Billboard Dance Charts, breaking into the top 20.

The Grammy Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2008.

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