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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:

First Listen: Orchestra Baobab, 'Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng'

Thursday, March 23, 2017

One of West Africa's most charming bands is back — again. Stream Baobob's reunion album before its release next week.


Trump's Electronics Restrictions Could Cause Headaches For Touring Musicians

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cities like Dubai, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi and Casablanca have become popular touring destinations for prominent American artists. What effect might the new baggage restrictions have on their work?


Record Producer And Label Executive Tommy LiPuma Has Died At Age 80

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

After having worked his way up from packing records at a warehouse, he had decades of success collaborating with artists like George Benson, Diana Krall, Paul McCartney and Natalie Cole.


Three More SXSW-Bound Bands Denied Entry Into The U.S.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Egyptian-Canadian group Massive Scar Era, as well as London's Yussef Kamaal and United Vibrations, have been denied entry. The artists allege that racism was a factor in the denials.


Why Was That Band Deported?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Was the Italian group Soviet Soviet a security risk? Did it pose an economic threat to Americans? And how hard is it to get a performer's visa, anyway? We work through the details.


Italian Band Soviet Soviet Denied Entry To The U.S., Jailed And Then Deported

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Italian post-punk group, which had tried to enter the U.S. to play at member station KEXP and then at SXSW, says it was sent back to Italy by authorities after spending the night in jail.


Fred Weintraub, Founder Of The Bitter End And 'Enter The Dragon' Producer, Dies At 88

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

As an impresario and producer, Weintraub fueled the careers of scores of important performers across music, comedy and film — from Bob Dylan to Woody Allen to Bruce Lee. He died Sunday at age 88.


After Public Battle, SXSW Apologizes And Pledges To Change Its Artist Contract

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Last week's misunderstandings between the festival and a group of artists who read threats into contractual language regarding foreign artists has resulted in an apology — and a promise.


How To Practice Effectively, According To Science

Monday, March 06, 2017

Want to boost those neural pathways? TED Ed offers practical suggestions: Practice in concentrated bursts, work through passages slooowly -- and step away from Facebook.


How A Contract Clause Led To A Fight Between Musicians And Austin's Biggest Event

Friday, March 03, 2017

A clash between SXSW and artists over legal language regarding international musicians at the festival boils down to fine print and big ideas.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.