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Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas appears in the following:

Watch Musicians Elevate A Trip To A Big-Box Store

Monday, January 27, 2014

If only all trips to IKEA could be so lifted by live performances of great music, such as this joyful smidgen of Beethoven from members of the Detroit Symphony.

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Tracing The Career Of Claudio Abbado, A Consummate Conductor

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

One of the great post-World War II conductors, Abbado had a searching musical intellect that he employed in orchestral and operatic music from Mozart to Verdi to contemporary composers. He founded festivals and ensembles including the Lucerne Festival Orchestra — see them play Mahler's First.

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Guess Who's Singing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

We won't guess what her odds were, but it's superstar soprano Renee Fleming.

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DakhaBrakha: globalFEST 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The group mixes everything from punk-pop to traditional Ukrainian songs in cool yet beguiling textures, often with the close harmonies usually associated with Balkan music. But it's really the live shows that take DakhaBrakha beyond mere curiosity to utter brilliance.

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Fanfare Ciocarlia: globalFEST 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

And as soon as this oversized outfit of horns, winds and drums arrived on the main globalFEST stage, the folks in the audience knew exactly what to do: They began pogoing ecstatically until the floorboards shook.

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Hassan Hakmoun: globalFEST 2014

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.

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KiT: globalFEST 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

KiT, or Kuenta i Tambu — "Stories and Drums" — takes music from the Caribbean island of Curaçao, merges it with European dance-floor music and kicks it all into high, sweaty gear.

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Noura Mint Seymali: globalFEST 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

With her smoky-rich voice, this Mauritanian griot artist tips toward reggae, flamenco and rock along with traditional Sahelian tonalities and rhythms in a band that includes her husband, guitarist (and fellow griot) Jeich Ould Chighaly.

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Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta: globalFEST 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hear a band from Arizona splice together mambo — by way of Mexico — with psychedelic cumbia and other Latin styles. The result sounds like Perez Prado reconfigured for the 21st century.

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Yasmine Hamdan: globalFEST 2014

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.

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The Wu-Force: globalFEST 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hear a brand-new band featuring clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn. The Wu-Force merges Appalachian folk and a punk sensibility with traditional Chinese music.

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Baloji: globalFEST 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Congolese-Belgian hip-hop artist pairs lilting African soukous with the swagger of American soul. With his electrifying stage presence and style to spare, Baloji had the globalFEST crowd wrapped around his finger.

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The Bombay Royale: globalFEST 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Meet a band that crams vintage Bollywood, 1960s surf and blazing brass into a giddy new sound. The 11-piece Australian band, making its U.S. debut, seems happy to evoke memories of everything from the Village People to formulaic romances of the 1970s.

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Brushy One String: globalFEST 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A YouTube sensation whose song "Chicken in the Corn" has received more than four million views, Jamaica's Brushy One String has captured listeners' imaginations with his stripped-down style, as he uses his rich baritone to accompany a beat-up, single-stringed acoustic guitar.

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First Listen: The Gloaming, 'The Gloaming'

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.

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Destroyed By Customs? Or Stolen? Whatever Happened, Flutes Are Gone

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.

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Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters

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.

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10 Favorite World Music Albums Of 2013

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.

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NPR Classical's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2013

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.

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A Bumper Crop Of Classical Box Sets

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.

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