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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:

Your New Robot Overlord Turns Out To Be A Pretty Good Marimba Player

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.

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Itzhak Perlman On Canceling In North Carolina: 'I Had To'

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.

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Rihanna Launches College Scholarships For Foreign Students

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.

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Echoes Of Prince — From Everywhere

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.

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Jordan Reportedly Bans Band With Gay Frontman From Performing

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.

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Remembering African Singer And Style Icon Papa Wemba

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.

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Cellist And Conductor Allegedly Helped Russians Move Billions Of Dollars

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.

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Latitudes: Hear Great Global Music Right Now, With A World Premiere

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.

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Music Streaming Takes Dominant Role In Industry

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.

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Meet Cuba's All-Female Orchestra

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.

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First Listen: Bombino, 'Azel'

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.

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Dance, Dance, Revolution: When An American Fell In Love With Castro's Spy Chief

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.

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Michelle Obama Gives SXSW Keynote Address

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.

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'Hamilton' Freestyles At The White House. Mic Drop.

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.

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Remembering Keith Emerson, A Prog-Rock Legend

Friday, March 11, 2016

The innovative keyboardist and co-founder of Emerson, Lake & Palmer died on March 10 at age 71.

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Remembering Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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 ...

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There's A New Kendrick Lamar Project Out, But It May Sound Familiar Already

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.

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Be Amazed By This Marvelous Music Machine, Powered By 2,000 Marbles

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 ...

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Slow Your Roll, Mick Jagger: A Whole Lot Of Superstars Are Playing In Cuba

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

On Tuesday 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 heralds ...

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Is Tidal Changing How Fans Talk About Music?

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.

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