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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
An American vocalist shades his tune about the end of a love affair with the colors and rhythms of Brazil.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.