Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas appears in the following:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Remembering A Congolese Rumba King

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.


Confronting The Ghosts Of Classical Christmas Albums Past

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?


Hear What Happened At Boston's Symphony Hall After JFK's Assassination

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.


First Listen: Benjamin Britten's 'War Requiem'

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.


And You Think You're Having A Bad Day

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.


First Listen: Kronos Quartet, 'Aheym'

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The National's Bryce Dessner composed all the music for this album.


Get To Know Ned Rorem, Now That He's 90

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.


Watch A Late Composer's Parting Statement, Through The Eyes Of A Child

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.


10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice

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.


First Watch: Banda Magda, 'Ce Soir'

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.