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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:

Latitudes: The International Music You Must Hear Now

Monday, March 30, 2015

From a rebooted Romanian band to a simmering cauldron of pan-Atlantic sounds, hear five don't-miss tracks from around the globe.

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Cross The Arctic With The Kronos Quartet

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Derek Charke's Cercle du Nord III teems with the sounds of life — modern and ancient — in the Arctic.

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Tal National Brings The Joy On 'Zoy Zoy'

Monday, March 23, 2015

A super-tight band from Niger creates delightful dance music. Hear the opening track from their new album.

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Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Muslim Music Blossoms

Sunday, March 22, 2015

There are plenty of musicians pouring into Austin this week for SXSW. But not all are cut from the same indie cloth. Meet Riyaaz Qawwali.

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First Listen: Buena Vista Social Club, 'Lost And Found'

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The famed Cuban collective dusts off treasures from nearly 20 years of recording and touring — just in time to say goodbye.

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Let Ethan Hawke Introduce You To A Fine, Forgotten Pianist

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The famed actor, in his debut as a documentary filmmaker, takes on an unlikely subject: a virtually unknown, octogenarian classical pianist who quit performing decades ago.

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Saying Goodbye To A Manhattan Classical Music Mecca

Friday, March 06, 2015

The last store in Manhattan devoted exclusively to classical sheet music is closing its doors today — having been lapped by online retailers and free file sharing.

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Young Composer's Work Dropped For Nazi Melody

Friday, March 06, 2015

The New York Youth Symphony canceled its Carnegie Hall performance of a piece that it recently premiered by Estonian-American composer Jonas Tarm. At issue is his use of a Nazi theme.

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Latitudes: Stream The Film 'The Last Song Before The War'

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Watch a great music documentary that wasn't supposed to be about music. All too quickly, this chronicle of Mali's Festival in the Desert became a memento of vanished joy.

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Podium Diplomacy: Conductor Takes Chinese Music West And Vice Versa

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

5 years, 40 works: Long Yu wants China and the West to know each other's contemporary music better. He's launching a big project to accomplish just that.

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First Listen: Ibeyi, 'Ibeyi'

Sunday, February 08, 2015

The 20-year-old twins of Ibeyi make their debut with cool French textures and raw, emotional lyrics — underpinned with a deep, soulful Afro-Cuban sound.

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A Friday Surprise: Alan Gilbert Will Leave The New York Philharmonic

Friday, February 06, 2015

After eight seasons, the Philharmonic's very first homegrown conductor will leave the orchestra at the end of the 2017 season.

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Aldo Ciccolini, An Italian Pianist With A French Soul, Dies At Age 89

Monday, February 02, 2015

Pianist Aldo Ciccolini was born in Naples, but he had a French spirit, championing music by Erik Satie, Debussy and Ravel. He died overnight Saturday at age 89.

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Latitudes: The Global Music You Must Hear In January

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Catch the sights and sounds of two recently departed artists, an exuberant celebration of life and a deeply engrossing — and ear-splittingly adrenalized — documentary.

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From Prog-Rock Pioneer To Kitsch King: Remembering Demis Roussos

Monday, January 26, 2015

Greek songman Demis Roussos lived an enormously colorful life, from his start as a prog-rock pioneer to being held captive by Hezbollah terrorists. He died Sunday at age 68 in Athens.

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What We Love And Hate About 'Mozart In The Jungle'

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The new Amazon series is a comedy, not a reality show — in any way, shape or form. But classical music fans may chuckle knowingly at the trials and tribulations of a young oboist in New York.

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First Listen: Anonymous 4, '1865'

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The beloved vocal quartet says goodbye with an all-American album that suits our troubled times. These Civil War and Reconstruction songs help us reflect on what divides us and binds us together.

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Best Global Music Of 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

There is so, so much good music being made all around the world — stunningly beautiful, deeply thought-provoking and powered by great beats. Here are 10 of our top picks for 2014.

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Best Classical Albums Of 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Our happy duty: finding 10 releases from 2014 that we can't wait to share.

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What's Your Top 100 Of The Last 100 Years?

Monday, December 01, 2014

Forget the best music of the past year — what are the very best compositions of the last century? Participate in member station Q2's poll, and they'll webcast a marathon of the top choices.

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