Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas writes at NPR Music for “Deceptive Cadence” ( 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:

Remembering Cynthia Robinson, Co-Founder Of Sly & The Family Stone

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The woman who urged fans to "Dance to the Music" was a trailblazing trumpeter. She died Monday at age 69.


Artists Remember Allen Toussaint

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

As news has spread of the death of New Orleans pianist, producer and songwriter Allen Toussaint, artists and other luminaries have begun paying tribute to this musical legend on social media.


#NPRreads: White Privilege, FBI Director's Remarks On Policing, And Oyster Farming

Friday, October 30, 2015

Also this week: a story from an NPR Music reporter about the "lost art of listening."


Latitudes: Our Favorite Global Music In October

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Art rock to bubbly pop — we've got fresh sounds from Japan, the U.K., India, Germany and Turkey.


Drake's 'Hotline Bling' Aims At No. 1, And Misses. Why?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Drake's disappointment might serve as a cautionary tale to artists: Pick your streaming platform wisely.


The Life And Death Of Tower Records, Revisited

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A new documentary from Colin Hanks looks back on a business empire that helped shape the tastes of many music fanatics.


Paolo Angeli: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Sardinian guitarist has a whole toy shop aboard his instrument, from hammers and pedals to springs and a couple of cell-phone ringers.


Latitudes: Our Favorite Global Music In September

Monday, September 28, 2015

A mix of old and new with fresh, fun sounds from Israel, Canada, Germany and Estonia.


Why Can't Artist Bios Be Better?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Artist biographies on websites, in concert programs and press releases are often deadly dull and irrelevant. Why not use them as vehicles for insight and engagement?


A.R. Rahman Responds To Fatwa Issued For 'Muhammad' Biopic

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Muslim group in Mumbai has issued a religious edict against Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman — because he scored an Iranian film chronicling the life of the Prophet Muhammad.


Sam Lee: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, September 11, 2015

This former burlesque performer found his voice by finding and preserving old British, Irish and Scottish folk songs.


First Listen: Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott, 'Songs From The Arc Of Life'

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

The world-famous cellist and his longtime pianist colleague attempt to capture the emotional signposts of a lifetime in this collection of intimate music.


An Unlikely Archivist For Armenian Aleppo: A Punk Drummer From D.C.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

He's not a musicologist, but he's documented several of Syria's religious minorities, including the Armenians of Aleppo. And his work has become all the more timely — and pressing.


Latitudes: The Music You Must Hear In August

Monday, August 31, 2015

Five tunes from West Africa, India and Mexico (by way of Brooklyn) to round out your summer.


Why Is 'Billboard' Asking Industry Execs If They Believe Kesha?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

After an anonymous questionnaire circulated to "top music-industry executives" leaked online, questions arise about the industry publication's ethics and objectives.


In Age Of Black Lives Matter, 3 Young Black Men Share Their Fears — And Hopes

Thursday, August 06, 2015

We talked to some young people in struggling Brownsville, Brooklyn, to learn how they're spending this long, hot summer in the era of Black Lives Matter.


Latitudes: The Global Music You Must Hear Right Now

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

From a hard-hitting documentary that delves into deep questions of cultural identity in Sudan to a parody of Indian club anthems, there's something for everyone.


Remembering Vic Firth, An Orchestral — And Entrepreneurial — Legend

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

He was with the Boston Symphony for 50 years, and his name was also stamped on the sticks of drummers from Buddy Rich to Charlie Watts to Questlove. Firth died Sunday at age 85.


Hot Pants, Glitter And Alan Lomax: How A Rising Singer Found Folk Music

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sam Lee wants to bridge old U.K. folk traditions and today's music — even though his own path to folk was circuitous, to say the least.


Jazz Lives At Duke Ellington's Resting Place

Thursday, July 02, 2015

See young jazz musicians honor their departed elders at a cemetery that's more like a hall of fame.