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:

Leon Ware, Songwriter Behind Several R&B Powerhouses, Dies

Friday, February 24, 2017

His work helped fuel the careers of artists like Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Michael Jackson, and Ike and Tina Turner — and also provided a wellspring of samples to hip-hop.

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This Teeny-Tiny, Handmade Pipe Organ Is Utterly Delightful

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Crafted out of paper and cardboard, it's powered by a balloon. And it sounds a little bit like a toy train. What's not to love?

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Beloved Conductor Of The Minnesota Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Dies

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The conductor who worked with the Minneapolis symphony for more than 50 years — and brought them to national prominence — died Tuesday at age 93.

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The Best — Or Worst — Band Of All Time Is Back

Friday, February 17, 2017

The confounding cult band The Shaggs — a trio of New Hampshire sisters who made a single album and then disappeared — are performing at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival.

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First Watch: Emel Mathlouthi, 'Lost'

Friday, February 17, 2017

A powerful Tunisian singer, now based in New York, gives new voice to our turbulent times. She frames her sweet sound with dark, moody electronics that suit the jittery feeling of right now.

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Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo, Live In Concert

Friday, February 17, 2017

The clarion-voiced Afro-Venezuelan singer Betsayda Machado and her band are just beginning to tour internationally. Hear them in their New York City debut at globalFEST in January.

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Even With Travel Ban Blocked, Artists Are Still Left Hanging

Monday, February 06, 2017

Musicians form an important cultural conduit between the U.S. and the seven countries included in the ban. Despite judicial stays upheld on appeal, artists still can't hit the road.

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First Listen: Tinariwen, 'Elwan'

Thursday, February 02, 2017

After the chaos, warfare and corruption of the past several years in their native country, the Tuareg guitar gods deliver a more bitter message.

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Butch Trucks Of The Allman Brothers Band Dies At 69

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trucks, a founding member of the popular Southern rock band, passed away Tuesday night. Throughout the band's many ups and downs — which included three breakups and reunions — he was a constant.

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For The Inauguration, Trump's Music Picks Look A Lot Like Richard Nixon's

Thursday, January 19, 2017

As candidate and then president-elect, Donald Trump has been all about breaking molds. But the musical artists performing at his swearing-in ceremony reflect nothing so much as well-worn tradition.

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Pakistani Pop Star Halts Show To Save Female Fan From Alleged Harassment

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Singer and actor Atif Aslam stopped a recent performance in Karachi to ensure the safety of a young woman in his audience — and to berate her harassers from the stage.

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Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Every January, we hear some of the world's tastiest acts at a one-night showcase in Manhattan. From Korean folk songs spun into glam-rock glitter to blazing Cuban brass, this year was no exception.

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Amid Political Change, A World Music Festival Reaffirms Its Mission

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A one-night festival in New York called globalFEST is a passport to explore compelling artists from five continents. But this year's event came at a moment particularly fraught by politics.

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First Watch: Joyce DiDonato, 'Lascia ch'io pianga'

Monday, October 17, 2016

Opera star Joyce DiDonato does more than sing — she lends her voice to social causes. Watch her new video, a haunting depiction of a woman trapped in conflict.

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Bob Dylan, Revisited

Thursday, October 13, 2016

In the wake of the news that the iconic American songwriter is the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature, we've dug through the NPR archives for some Dylanalia treasures.

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Amazon Seeks To Recapture Music Fans With New Streaming Service

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

With Amazon Music Unlimited, the company is seeking to lure consumers away from competitors like Spotify and Apple Music — and it might be a game-changing proposition.

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Steve Reich At 80: The Phases Of A Lifetime In Music

Sunday, October 09, 2016

He's been a hero to musicians from Brian Eno and David Bowie to Radiohead and The National. Now entering his ninth decade, American composer Steve Reich is always looking ahead.

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Neville Marriner, Who Recorded The Beloved Soundtrack to 'Amadeus,' Has Died

Sunday, October 02, 2016

The conductor and violinist who became something of entrepreneurial emperor — making hundreds of recordings with his orchestra, including the soundtrack to the film Amadeus — died Sunday at age 92.

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The Long, Strange History Of Campaign Endorsement Songs

Monday, September 26, 2016

From "Nixon's The One" To "El Corrido de Hillary Clinton," an odd subgenre of music raises its head every four years: the endorsement song. It's part commercial jingle, part aspirational anthem.

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Composer Julia Wolfe Awarded MacArthur 'Genius Grant'

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The New York composer is one of 23 individuals picked this year for the prestigious annual prize, which comes with $625,000.

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