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 Watch: Joyce DiDonato, 'Lascia ch'io pianga'

Monday, October 17, 2016

Opera star Joyce DiDonato does more than sing — she lends her voice to social causes. Watch her new video, a haunting depiction of a woman trapped in conflict.


Bob Dylan, Revisited

Thursday, October 13, 2016

In the wake of the news that the iconic American songwriter is the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature, we've dug through the NPR archives for some Dylanalia treasures.


Amazon Seeks To Recapture Music Fans With New Streaming Service

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

With Amazon Music Unlimited, the company is seeking to lure consumers away from competitors like Spotify and Apple Music — and it might be a game-changing proposition.


Steve Reich At 80: The Phases Of A Lifetime In Music

Sunday, October 09, 2016

He's been a hero to musicians from Brian Eno and David Bowie to Radiohead and The National. Now entering his ninth decade, American composer Steve Reich is always looking ahead.


Neville Marriner, Who Recorded The Beloved Soundtrack to 'Amadeus,' Has Died

Sunday, October 02, 2016

The conductor and violinist who became something of entrepreneurial emperor — making hundreds of recordings with his orchestra, including the soundtrack to the film Amadeus — died Sunday at age 92.


The Long, Strange History Of Campaign Endorsement Songs

Monday, September 26, 2016

From "Nixon's The One" To "El Corrido de Hillary Clinton," an odd subgenre of music raises its head every four years: the endorsement song. It's part commercial jingle, part aspirational anthem.


Composer Julia Wolfe Awarded MacArthur 'Genius Grant'

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The New York composer is one of 23 individuals picked this year for the prestigious annual prize, which comes with $625,000.


Grime Artist Skepta Overtakes David Bowie In Stunning Mercury Prize Upset

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The 33-year-old independent artist grabbed the U.K.'s most prestigious recording award for his album Konnichiwa — knocking out the late David Bowie, who was widely anticipated to be feted.


From Trash To Triumph: The Recycled Orchestra

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Young musicians from a Paraguayan slum have toured the world with instruments made of garbage. They've played with Stevie Wonder and for the Pope. Now they're in a documentary.


Songs We Love: Noura Mint Seymali, 'Na Sane'

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The vocalist from Mauritania intertwines heritage and innovation in the first song from her new album, Arbina. The video gives audiences abroad a glimpse of her homeland in all its melancholy beauty.


Songs We Love: Battle Trance, 'Blade Of Love I'

Friday, August 19, 2016

An unusual quartet of tenor saxophones delves into the connections between body, breath, sound and creation with a fierce and unyielding spirit.


After Building Anticipation, Frank Ocean Releases 'Endless'

Friday, August 19, 2016

The singer made huge waves with his last album, 2012's Channel Orange — and he's used both conventional and surprising methods to tease Endless, which was released Thursday night.


Watch Four Tet's Sumptuous Live Performance in Sydney

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Can electronic music find a home in a palatial concert hall? To find out, the influential British producer and DJ visited the Sydney Opera House back in January to create a theatrical experience.


Songs We Love: Peter Eldridge, 'Mind To Fly'

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

An American vocalist shades his tune about the end of a love affair with the colors and rhythms of Brazil.


A Nod To Soul — Or Just Stealing? Ed Sheeran Faces Another Copyright Suit

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The family of the co-writer of Marvin Gaye's 1973 soul classic "Let's Get It On" is alleging that the Sheeran song "Thinking Out Loud" sounds way too familiar.


Let The Games Begin: A Playlist For Rio

Friday, August 05, 2016

As the Summer Olympics start, celebrate the glories of Brazilian music — from bossa nova to the rollicking Northeastern forró of Luiz Gonzaga and the classical mixology of Villa-Lobos.


Latitudes: Hear Great Global Music Right Now

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Check out new sounds that range from pummeling post-rock to glossy pop from Brazil, Haiti (by way of Chicago), France (by way of Argentina), Albania and Korea.


Come Together (Or Not): Music At The Democratic National Convention

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A chaotic week of fractured loyalties surged into buoyant affirmations for Hillary Clinton's candidacy. But are all those left-leaning musicians just singing into an echo chamber?


To Rebrand Itself, Greece Digs Deep Into Its Cultural DNA

Friday, July 22, 2016

The news out of Greece has been terrible. But with a large new exhibition of ancient artifacts at Washington, D.C.'s National Geographic Museum, the Greek government is trying an image reboot.


Cleveland, Rocked: Music At The Republican National Convention

Friday, July 22, 2016

Uncovering the layers of weirdness in the many fights over the ways music was employed as theater during this week's Republican national convention.