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:

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.


Latitudes: The Global Music You Must Hear In June

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This month, very old songs from India and England rub shoulders with new sounds from Madagascar and Japan — along with one emerging Hawaiian hit, courtesy of Pixar and Disney.


Gunther Schuller, Who Bridged Classical Music And Jazz, Dies At 89

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, conductor and educator ranged widely in his musicianship. With colleagues from Miles Davis to Frank Zappa, he linked classical music and jazz.


'The Most Beautiful Offerings': Terry Riley At 80

Friday, June 19, 2015

The man credited as the father of minimalism is celebrating a big birthday Wednesday. And his influence reaches well beyond classical music.


Help Us Make An Exquisite Corpse In New York City

Monday, June 15, 2015

Join NPR Music, Make Music New York and musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center for an open improvisation amid the ghosts of jazz royalty. Bring your instrument to Woodlawn Cemetery on Sunday, June 21.


Why Can't Streaming Services Get Classical Music Right?

Thursday, June 04, 2015

The big sites miss the mark, and yet the specialist services serve a small audience. What's a classical-curious listener supposed to do?


Met Opera And Public Radio Host Margaret Juntwait Dies

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The mellifluous voice of the Met, and a longtime presence on NPR member station WNYC, was 58 years old.


#NPRreads: Diversity In The Legal Profession

Friday, May 29, 2015

We also have stories on the need for female rock critics and on the Soul Patrol, a group of police officers in Boston who patrolled areas like Roxbury in the 1970s.