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:
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
The wide-ranging composer, drummer, pianist and trombonist has been defying easy category since childhood. Now only 37 years old, he's just getting started.
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
The American rock singer, who fronted The Heartbreakers and was also beloved as a member of The Traveling Wilburys, has died after suffering cardiac arrest.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
The group's debut album was an unlikely smash: old-fashioned songs performed by mostly elderly Cuban musicians. Two decades later, its impact still resonates on the island — and beyond.
Friday, August 04, 2017
More than 200 record labels and artists will also be donating proceeds from their sales Friday to the nonprofit.
Monday, July 31, 2017
The songwriter, guitarist and singer had a tune, "The Back Door," that became one of the most-covered Cajun songs of all time.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The blind singer and guitarist had a sweet tenor voice and a gentle guitar that made him the best-selling Aboriginal artist of all time in Australia.
Monday, July 24, 2017
After 150 shows, Canadian pop megastar Justin Bieber suddenly announced today that he has canceled the rest of his world tour.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
One of the lead singers of the band Linkin Park, which found great success in the early 2000s, died Thursday in Los Angeles.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The rock band from Beirut returns with a heady, heartfelt song that challenges stereotypical perceptions of Middle Eastern women — from all comers.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The South African guitarist and vocalist was best known in the U.S. for his collaboration with Paul Simon on the iconic album Graceland -- but at home, he was a jazz fusion star.
Saturday, July 08, 2017
The vanguard French artist — whose influence has touched everything from the Mean Girls soundtrack to the Futurama theme — has died at age 89.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Long unacknowledged as the voice behind the indelible stadium anthem, the singer and co-writer died on Wednesday at age 75.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The jazz pianist defied classification while steadfastly affirming her roots in the hard-bop tradition of her native Detroit. She died Tuesday in Philadelphia.
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.
Friday, June 09, 2017
The French-Cuban duo has released a sunny new song, "Away Away," in advance of their sophomore album.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?