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:

First Listen: Rokia Traoré, 'Né So'

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The Malian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist returns with a gorgeous album focused on the idea of home.


Forget Selling Albums — Artists Can Now Go Platinum Via Streaming

Monday, February 01, 2016

As fans' listening habits become more and more focused on streaming, the RIAA is trying to catch up.


Latitudes: Our Favorite Global Music Right Now

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Feisty, hypnotic dance music from southern Italy, rollicking guitar licks from Niger and a tribute to an Indian dance legend.


Songs We Love: Tribu Baharú, 'Made in Tribu Baharú'

Friday, January 15, 2016

An infectious dance anthem from the current champions of champeta, the Colombian Caribbean coast's take on West African highlife and soukous.


2015 In Album Sales: Adele, Adele, Adele

Thursday, January 07, 2016

According to Nielsen Music, the singer's stratospheric success with 25 made her the year's top-selling artist by far — even though 25 was available in only the last six weeks of 2015.


French Composer Pierre Boulez Dies At 90

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The composer and conductor changed the way we hear music, not only through his own compositions but in the concerts he conducted. He died Tuesday at the age of 90.


Remembering Kurt Masur, The Conductor Who Rebuilt The New York Philharmonic

Saturday, December 19, 2015

When one of America's foremost orchestras needed an overhaul, an unlikely leader emerged from East Germany.


Latitudes: 10 Favorite Global Music Picks From 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

This year, a plethora of mind-bendingly, cross-culturally deep albums and singles sparked our international music critic's imagination.


Our 10 Favorite Classical Albums Of 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

From Bach and Dvorak to new confident new composers like Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Andrew Norman, our list feels as wide-ranging, and open to possibilities, as classical music itself.


A New Music Journey From The U.S. To Havana

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

A misunderstanding morphed into an exciting idea: Take 10 American composers to Cuba. Hear their Havana concert.


Kendrick Lamar And Taylor Swift Lead Grammy Nominations

Monday, December 07, 2015

Kendrick Lamar scored 11 nominations and Taylor Swift was nominated for seven awards, including album, song and record of the year. The Weeknd also received seven nominations.


Latitudes: Our Favorite Global Music Right Now

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

After a trip to Havana this month, our global music specialist has her ears full of Cuban sounds — classical and jazz, electronic and folkloric. Hear the wave that new relations will release.


Remembering Cynthia Robinson, Co-Founder Of Sly & The Family Stone

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The woman who urged fans to "Dance to the Music" was a trailblazing trumpeter. She died Monday at age 69.


Artists Remember Allen Toussaint

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

As news has spread of the death of New Orleans pianist, producer and songwriter Allen Toussaint, artists and other luminaries have begun paying tribute to this musical legend on social media.


#NPRreads: White Privilege, FBI Director's Remarks On Policing, And Oyster Farming

Friday, October 30, 2015

Also this week: a story from an NPR Music reporter about the "lost art of listening."


Latitudes: Our Favorite Global Music In October

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Art rock to bubbly pop — we've got fresh sounds from Japan, the U.K., India, Germany and Turkey.


Drake's 'Hotline Bling' Aims At No. 1, And Misses. Why?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Drake's disappointment might serve as a cautionary tale to artists: Pick your streaming platform wisely.


The Life And Death Of Tower Records, Revisited

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A new documentary from Colin Hanks looks back on a business empire that helped shape the tastes of many music fanatics.


Paolo Angeli: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Sardinian guitarist has a whole toy shop aboard his instrument, from hammers and pedals to springs and a couple of cell-phone ringers.


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.