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:
Monday, May 23, 2016
Over the weekend, a four-armed robot named Shimon did something amazing: It played an improvised jazz set alongside a human bandmate at a music festival.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Like Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and others, the renowned violinist has canceled a North Carolina appearance over a law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT people.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The Barbados-born singer is offering scholarships to Caribbean and South American students who want to pursue higher education in the U.S.
Friday, April 29, 2016
They may not all be obvious homages, but these artists from Niger, Congo, Portugal, Turkey, Angola, Lebanon and beyond refract different facets of His Purple Majesty's immense talents.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The members of Mashrou' Leila say Jordanian authorities are trying to stifle their political message — and endorsements of gender equality and sexual freedom.
Monday, April 25, 2016
One of the biggest stars to emerge from contemporary Africa, the Congolese singer made a huge impact on international high fashion as well as music.
Monday, April 04, 2016
Russian musician Sergei Roldugin's name has emerged in the massive data leak known as the Panama Papers. He is allegedly at the center of his country's offshore banking activities.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
This music crosses continents — hip-hop from India, French club music born in Kinshasa and a Yemeni Jewish lullaby. A timely premiere features Sean Lennon and a Pakistani jazz group.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
The latest numbers from the Recording Industry Association of America show that streaming music brought in more money than digital downloads and physical releases for the first time last year.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Forget the stereotypes of machismo and mambo. Havana's all-female string orchestra, the Camerata Romeu, offers a completely different Cuban musical experience.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Out of a well-documented generation of talented Tuareg rockers, the great guitarist has emerged as the most virtuosic and melodically innovative.
Friday, March 18, 2016
A fairy-tale romance between a dancer from Connecticut and a young Cuban studying at Columbia turned into a political thriller — and resulted in the unlikely birth of a new art form in Cuba.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
See the first lady speak at the SXSW Music festival on a panel about the education of girls and young women, featuring Missy Elliott, Diane Warren and Queen Latifah.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The President and Michelle Obama welcomed the creator and some of the cast of the smash Broadway musical to the White House on March 14 — a visit that included a little Rose Garden freestyling.
Friday, March 11, 2016
The innovative keyboardist and co-founder of Emerson, Lake & Palmer died on March 10 at age 71.
Monday, March 07, 2016
Widely influential conductor and early-music specialist Nikolaus Harnoncourt has died at age 86 in the Austrian village of St. Georgen im Attergau, near Salzburg.
His wife, Alice Harnoncourt, announced his death on
his website; the cause of death was not disclosed. Harnoncourt had announced his retirement Dec. 5 ...
Friday, March 04, 2016
The fluid and sprawling
untitled unmastered. was released unexpectedly. It feels like a peek behind the curtain of the rapper's creative process — using some material that fans already know.
Thursday, March 03, 2016
NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with Martin Molin, creator of the marble machine, on Weekend Edition Sunday. You can hear their conversation at the audio link.
The "Marble Machine" is a musical instrument by way of a Rube Goldberg contraption, the love child of a barrel organ, a kick drum, a ...
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
The Rolling Stones announced the band's upcoming performance in Havana, hailing it as a landmark occasion. The concert is slated for March 25 at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana, a centrally located " sports city" complex.
While the announcement
Monday, February 29, 2016
Technological innovations like streaming are shifting how music gets released today — but artist exclusives are also changing the way fans process today's most popular tracks.