Anastasia Tsioulcas appears in the following:
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Hakmoun and the other six members of his band layer soulful vocals, complex African polyrhythms, jazz-tinged synth and a deep rock groove into a satisfying whole. At its heart, his music remains warm, open and utterly joyful.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
A solo artist based in Europe after a childhood split between Lebanon, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Greece, the co-founder of the groundbreaking duo Soapkills blends new material with reworked traditional songs in a smoky-cool electro-pop setting.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Hear an astonishingly beautiful album that helps transform notions of "traditional Irish music." Featuring a lineup with a singer, two fiddles, guitar and piano, The Gloaming is an all-star ensemble, featuring guitarist Dennis Cahill, fiddler Martin Hayes, pianist Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) and more.
Friday, January 03, 2014
Whatever actually happened to musician Boujemaa Razgui's collection of handmade flutes, it's a reminder not to put precious items in your checked luggage.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
The relationship between a teacher and a student can be transformative. It's a particularly important relationship in classical music. And what pianists Gary Graffman and Lang Lang say about teaching and learning could be applied to many different areas and fields, not just music and the other arts.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Discover 10 surprising, sophisticated and stellar albums released this year by artists around the globe, from electronica by way of Sudan to 1960s-style French/Brazilian cool.
Friday, December 13, 2013
A guide to some of the most beautiful, thought-provoking and inspiring releases from the year gone by — from luminous choral singing to thunderous percussion to smart violin solos.
Friday, December 06, 2013
It's been a banner year for classical box sets. Deceptive Cadence hosts Anastasia Tsioulcas and Tom Huizenga tell us why and choose a few of their favorites.
Monday, December 02, 2013
The honey-voiced singer, bandleader, songwriter, and impresario Tabu Ley Rochereau ruled dance floors across Africa. He died in Belgium Saturday.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
On WQXR's Conducting Business podcast, we debate what makes for a really great holiday album. Is it oversized brass fanfares and choirs? Or cozy songs that you'd like to think were recorded beside a crackling fire?
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Listen to an unforgettable response to the tragedy. Hear what happened next at Boston's Symphony Hall, just after conductor Erich Leinsdorf announced news of the assassination, and learn more about the backstage story.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Britten's response to the collective bloodshed of the 20th century remains as vital and visceral as it was when his Requiem premiered more than 50 years ago. It was commissioned for the reconsecration of Britain's Coventry Cathedral, which had been destroyed by a Nazi bomb raid in 1940.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
What's your worst memory of performance panic? Imagine showing up with the wrong solo — that's what happened to pianist Maria João Pires, who mixed up which Mozart concerto she was supposed to play.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
The National's Bryce Dessner composed all the music for this album.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Composer and author Ned Rorem turns 90 today. Why isn't there more celebrating? In the meantime, however, here's an introduction to this essential, brilliant and more than occasionally irascible American artist. Hear some of the instantly appealing songs that have helped to cement his reputation.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
A bright-eyed child transforms an elegiac prayer in a new video from New York Polyphony and director Mark DeChiazza, featuring incandescent music by the late English composer Richard Rodney Bennett.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Spruce up the woodshed: with the new school year upon us, here are some easy ways to help you maximize music practice time — regardless of how old you are or what level of playing you've achieved.
Friday, August 30, 2013
See one last taste of a delicious summer day, delivered in the form of a breezy French-Brazilian tune by the New York-based group Banda Magda, fronted by the charming singer Magda Giannikou.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The British magazine has trimmed down the number for awards being handed in its 90th annual prize ceremony. Is that good or bad for classical music?
Thursday, August 22, 2013
A blogger charges that management at the Minneapolis-based symphony may have attempted to undercut pro-labor organizing efforts — several months before talks between the musicians and the administration failed. The orchestra association says that they were just doing their job.