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:

Peter Tosh's Son Beaten Into Coma In New Jersey Jail

Friday, June 23, 2017

While serving a six-month sentence for cannabis possession, musician Jawara McIntosh was brutally beaten and rendered comatose. His family is looking for answers — and filing a civil rights lawsuit.

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Watch A Buoyant, Bubbly New Video From Ibeyi

Friday, June 09, 2017

The French-Cuban duo has released a sunny new song, "Away Away," in advance of their sophomore album.

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David Lewiston, A World-Spanning 'Musical Tourist' Who Brought Old Sounds To New Ears

Monday, June 05, 2017

David Lewiston, the "musical tourist" who recorded what caught his ear from Bali to Peru and made more than two dozen albums for the Nonesuch Explorer label, died on May 29 at age 88.

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40 Years Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away, An Iconic Film Score Was Born

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Star Wars was released 40 years ago today — and it wasn't just the light sabers that changed pop culture. John Williams' epic music, played by the London Symphony Orchestra, became a touchstone.

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How Did Toby Keith Get To Do A Concert In Saudi Arabia?

Monday, May 22, 2017

The kingdom famously barred public music performances for more than 25 years. So what's changed? And why did the Saudis alight on an American country music star for one of the first approved shows?

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By Any Name, Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda Was A Force

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Some unearthed recordings from this musician-turned-spiritual-leader reveal the many layers of Alice Coltrane's artistic — and personal — identity.

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Putin Plays The Piano, With Perhaps Unintentional Undertones

Monday, May 15, 2017

Was Sunday's episode in Beijing a challenge to France's Emmanuel Macron? A jab at China's piano-tuning skills? Or just Putin passing the time with a little Soviet-era nostalgia?

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All Songs +1: Alice Coltrane's Astonishing 'Ecstatic Music'

Monday, May 15, 2017

Saxophonist, composer and bandleader Ravi Coltrane — son of John and Alice Coltrane — talks about the music his mother made after she withdrew from her professional career and founded an ashram.

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In The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Teens Speak Up By Singing Out

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The group is celebrating its 25th anniversary by commissioning new pieces of contemporary classical music — and pushing the composers who write for the ensemble to broaden their own points of view.

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Something You Didn't Know About Emmanuel Macron: He's A Pianist

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

An avid amateur musician, France's next president studied at the conservatory in his native Amiens as a child.

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Gustavo Dudamel Addresses Venezuela's Leaders: 'Enough Is Enough'

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Long reticent to address the turmoil in his native country, conductor Gustavo Dudamel posted a lengthy open letter to the Venezuelan president and government today.

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On Deck For The Obama Presidential Library: A Recording Studio

Thursday, May 04, 2017

The former president is planning a space in which artists like Bruce Springsteen and Chance the Rapper can create music that has "social commentary and meaning."

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Sufjan Stevens' New Dance Score Set To Premiere At New York City Ballet

Friday, April 28, 2017

The indie rock icon will premiere his third collaboration with the famed ballet company on May 12.

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First Listen: 'The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Stream a compilation of cosmically scaled, rarely heard sounds from a largely unheralded master.

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Beyoncé Funds College Scholarship Award For 'Bold, Creative' Women

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tied to the one-year anniversary of her Lemonade project, she will be funding "Formation Scholars" at four institutions of higher learning, including two historically black colleges.

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Cuba Gooding, Sr., Star Of The Main Ingredient, Dies At 72

Friday, April 21, 2017

The 1970s soul singer — and father of actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. — was found unresponsive in his car Thursday.

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Beyoncé, Donald Glover Among This Year's Peabody Award Winners

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A biopic about Mavis Staples and Netflix's Hip-Hop Evolution also received accolades.

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Remembering Sylvia Moy, Pioneering Motown Songwriter And Producer

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

You might not know her name, but you know her music: Moy co-wrote hits for Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Isley Brothers. She died Saturday at age 78.

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Investigation Into Prince's Death Reveals Pills Were Hidden Throughout Paisley Park

Monday, April 17, 2017

Assorted opioid painkillers and sedatives — many prescribed not to Prince, but to a friend — were found throughout the artist's home, according to documents newly released today.

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After Coming Out As Gay, A Russian Violinist's New Reality

Monday, April 17, 2017

After publishing a video made to help other Russian LGBT youth feel less isolated, Artem Kolesov has received supportive messages from all over the world. But he's also facing threats of violence.

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