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:

First Listen: 'The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Stream a compilation of cosmically scaled, rarely heard sounds from a largely unheralded master.

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Beyoncé Funds College Scholarship Award For 'Bold, Creative' Women

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tied to the one-year anniversary of her Lemonade project, she will be funding "Formation Scholars" at four institutions of higher learning, including two historically black colleges.

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Cuba Gooding, Sr., Star Of The Main Ingredient, Dies At 72

Friday, April 21, 2017

The 1970s soul singer — and father of actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. — was found unresponsive in his car Thursday.

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Beyoncé, Donald Glover Among This Year's Peabody Award Winners

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A biopic about Mavis Staples and Netflix's Hip-Hop Evolution also received accolades.

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Remembering Sylvia Moy, Pioneering Motown Songwriter And Producer

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

You might not know her name, but you know her music: Moy co-wrote hits for Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Isley Brothers. She died Saturday at age 78.

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Investigation Into Prince's Death Reveals Pills Were Hidden Throughout Paisley Park

Monday, April 17, 2017

Assorted opioid painkillers and sedatives — many prescribed not to Prince, but to a friend — were found throughout the artist's home, according to documents newly released today.

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After Coming Out As Gay, A Russian Violinist's New Reality

Monday, April 17, 2017

After publishing a video made to help other Russian LGBT youth feel less isolated, Artem Kolesov has received supportive messages from all over the world. But he's also facing threats of violence.

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Ljova And The Kontraband: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, April 14, 2017

Composer, arranger and viola player Ljova lead his Kontraband to the Tiny Desk for an eclectic swirl of Western classical, jazz, tango and Eastern European and Balkan folk music.

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Britney Spears Inadvertently Delays An Election In Israel

Thursday, April 06, 2017

A primary election for Israel's Labor Party has been moved — because of a Britney Spears show taking place next door.

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Kishori Amonkar, Leading Indian Classical Vocalist, Dies At Age 84

Monday, April 03, 2017

A musicians' musician who shunned the spotlight, Amonkar was a revered singer in the Hindustani (North Indian) tradition. According to Indian press reports, she died today after a brief illness.

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Confronting Anti-Semitism In Russia, In Words And Then Music

Monday, April 03, 2017

After the death of Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko on April 1, we revisit a 2000 feature about his most famous work, 'Babi Yar,' and the collaboration it inspired with composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

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First Listen: Orchestra Baobab, 'Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng'

Thursday, March 23, 2017

One of West Africa's most charming bands is back — again. Stream Baobob's reunion album before its release next week.

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Trump's Electronics Restrictions Could Cause Headaches For Touring Musicians

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cities like Dubai, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi and Casablanca have become popular touring destinations for prominent American artists. What effect might the new baggage restrictions have on their work?

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Record Producer And Label Executive Tommy LiPuma Has Died At Age 80

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

After having worked his way up from packing records at a warehouse, he had decades of success collaborating with artists like George Benson, Diana Krall, Paul McCartney and Natalie Cole.

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Three More SXSW-Bound Bands Denied Entry Into The U.S.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Egyptian-Canadian group Massive Scar Era, as well as London's Yussef Kamaal and United Vibrations, have been denied entry. The artists allege that racism was a factor in the denials.

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Why Was That Band Deported?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Was the Italian group Soviet Soviet a security risk? Did it pose an economic threat to Americans? And how hard is it to get a performer's visa, anyway? We work through the details.

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Italian Band Soviet Soviet Denied Entry To The U.S., Jailed And Then Deported

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Italian post-punk group, which had tried to enter the U.S. to play at member station KEXP and then at SXSW, says it was sent back to Italy by authorities after spending the night in jail.

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Fred Weintraub, Founder Of The Bitter End And 'Enter The Dragon' Producer, Dies At 88

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

As an impresario and producer, Weintraub fueled the careers of scores of important performers across music, comedy and film — from Bob Dylan to Woody Allen to Bruce Lee. He died Sunday at age 88.

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After Public Battle, SXSW Apologizes And Pledges To Change Its Artist Contract

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Last week's misunderstandings between the festival and a group of artists who read threats into contractual language regarding foreign artists has resulted in an apology — and a promise.

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How To Practice Effectively, According To Science

Monday, March 06, 2017

Want to boost those neural pathways? TED Ed offers practical suggestions: Practice in concentrated bursts, work through passages slooowly -- and step away from Facebook.

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