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Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas writes at NPR Music for “Deceptive Cadence” (http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence). Widely published as a writer on both classical and world music, she is the former North America editor for Gramophone Magazine and the classical music columnist for Billboard. She has also been an on-air contributor to  many public radio programs, including WNYC’s Soundcheck, Minnesota Public Radio’s The Savvy Traveler, Public Radio International’s Weekend America, and the BBC’s The World.

Anastasia Tsioulcas appears in the following:

Mashrou' Leila: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, June 24, 2016

A rock band from Beirut gives a stunning performance, with songs that mix hedonism and heady, hyper-literate lyrics.

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First Listen: A-WA, 'Habib Galbi'

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Three Israeli sisters celebrate — and utterly transform — a trove of Arab-language folk songs that they inherited as Yemenite Jews, by tweaking them with electronic touches.

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A Band From Beirut Speaks To Tragedy In Orlando

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The members of Mashrou' Leila have faced hatred themselves. At the Tiny Desk, the Lebanese band performs a song with haunting parallels to Sunday's events.

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Watch Yo-Yo Ma Play A Moving Tribute To Going Home

Friday, June 10, 2016

The cellist and founder of the Silk Road Ensemble talks about how his concept of "roots" has expanded — and how music happens between the notes on a page.

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A Music Documentary Is 'A Trojan Horse,' Says Oscar Winner Morgan Neville

Friday, June 10, 2016

Watch the celebrated director of 20 Feet from Stardom discuss his latest film, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project.

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The Metropolitan Opera Baton Passes To Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Friday, June 03, 2016

The newly announced music director of the Metropolitan Opera talks about joining one of the world's most famous opera houses — and how he might help heal its wounds.

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Your New Robot Overlord Turns Out To Be A Pretty Good Marimba Player

Monday, May 23, 2016

Over the weekend, a four-armed robot named Shimon did something amazing: It played an improvised jazz set alongside a human bandmate at a music festival.

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Itzhak Perlman On Canceling In North Carolina: 'I Had To'

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Like Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and others, the renowned violinist has canceled a North Carolina appearance over a law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT people.

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Rihanna Launches College Scholarships For Foreign Students

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Barbados-born singer is offering scholarships to Caribbean and South American students who want to pursue higher education in the U.S.

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Echoes Of Prince — From Everywhere

Friday, April 29, 2016

They may not all be obvious homages, but these artists from Niger, Congo, Portugal, Turkey, Angola, Lebanon and beyond refract different facets of His Purple Majesty's immense talents.

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Jordan Reportedly Bans Band With Gay Frontman From Performing

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The members of Mashrou' Leila say Jordanian authorities are trying to stifle their political message — and endorsements of gender equality and sexual freedom.

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Remembering African Singer And Style Icon Papa Wemba

Monday, April 25, 2016

One of the biggest stars to emerge from contemporary Africa, the Congolese singer made a huge impact on international high fashion as well as music.

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Cellist And Conductor Allegedly Helped Russians Move Billions Of Dollars

Monday, April 04, 2016

Russian musician Sergei Roldugin's name has emerged in the massive data leak known as the Panama Papers. He is allegedly at the center of his country's offshore banking activities.

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Latitudes: Hear Great Global Music Right Now, With A World Premiere

Thursday, March 31, 2016

This music crosses continents — hip-hop from India, French club music born in Kinshasa and a Yemeni Jewish lullaby. A timely premiere features Sean Lennon and a Pakistani jazz group.

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Music Streaming Takes Dominant Role In Industry

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The latest numbers from the Recording Industry Association of America show that streaming music brought in more money than digital downloads and physical releases for the first time last year.

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Meet Cuba's All-Female Orchestra

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Forget the stereotypes of machismo and mambo. Havana's all-female string orchestra, the Camerata Romeu, offers a completely different Cuban musical experience.

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First Listen: Bombino, 'Azel'

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Out of a well-documented generation of talented Tuareg rockers, the great guitarist has emerged as the most virtuosic and melodically innovative.

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Dance, Dance, Revolution: When An American Fell In Love With Castro's Spy Chief

Friday, March 18, 2016

A fairy-tale romance between a dancer from Connecticut and a young Cuban studying at Columbia turned into a political thriller — and resulted in the unlikely birth of a new art form in Cuba.

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Michelle Obama Gives SXSW Keynote Address

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

See the first lady speak at the SXSW Music festival on a panel about the education of girls and young women, featuring Missy Elliott, Diane Warren and Queen Latifah.

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'Hamilton' Freestyles At The White House. Mic Drop.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The President and Michelle Obama welcomed the creator and some of the cast of the smash Broadway musical to the White House on March 14 — a visit that included a little Rose Garden freestyling.

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