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:

Actors File Age Discrimination Suit Over SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Cuts

Thursday, December 03, 2020

The actors and their supporters say that the union is dropping nearly 12,000 people — many over the age of 65 — from its health care plan at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Jazz Standard, One Of New York's Top Clubs, Closes Due To Pandemic

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

It is the first major jazz club in New York City to shut its doors permanently due to the coronavirus crisis. Its owners announced the club's closing on Wednesday, after more than two decades.

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The 'Sonic Genius' Behind Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Has Died

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Audio engineer Bruce Swedien, who shaped the sound of several albums with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, died Monday at age 86. He also collaborated with artists from B.B. King to Jennifer Lopez.

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Musicians From Mali Offer Advice On Getting Through Hard Times

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Facing a pandemic lockdown, huge political upheavals and ongoing uncertainty about the future, musicians including Oumou Sangare and Songhoy Blues offer lessons in creativity and optimism.

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Behold The 'Potato Head' Of Palencia, Another Botched Art Restoration In Spain

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The statue was once of a smiling woman in a pastoral scene. Now, it looks more like a melted candle with some gouged holes. Professional art restorers in Spain are calling for stricter oversight.

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Struck With Memory Loss, A Dancer Remembers 'Swan Lake.' But Who Is She?

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Viewers worldwide are responding to a moving video of Marta C. González, a former dancer afflicted with dementia. But critics are questioning whether González is who the clip makers claim she is.

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Johnny Depp Exits 'Fantastic Beasts' Days After Losing Libel Case

Friday, November 06, 2020

The actor said Friday that Warner Bros. asked him to resign after he lost a libel suit in the U.K. earlier this week. As a result, the studio has pushed back the third film in the series to 2022.

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'Borat' Sequel Grabs A Political News Cycle — At Least Momentarily

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, has become a political football during this presidential election season. A scene involving Rudy Giuliani seized social media attention.

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New York Philharmonic Cancels Its Entire 2020-21 Season, Due To Coronavirus

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

This is the first time that the New York Philharmonic has been forced to cancel its entire concert season. No previously scheduled concerts will happen before June 2021.

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Man Escapes Cougar: 'Dude, I Don't Feel Like Dying Today'

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A runner managed to record his terrifying six-minute encounter with a protective mama mountain lion in Utah — and escape unscathed.

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California Officials Tell State GOP To Stop Distributing Ballot Drop Boxes

Monday, October 12, 2020

Unauthorized boxes — many marked "official" — have been discovered across California, including at state Republican party offices and churches.

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Georgia Voters Face Hours-Long Lines At Polls On First Day Of Early Voting

Monday, October 12, 2020

Voters spent as much as five hours waiting to cast in-person ballots. The lines were particularly intense around the Atlanta metro area.

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Rapper Tory Lanez Charged In Megan Thee Stallion Shooting

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Tory Lanez faces several felony charges related to a shooting in the Hollywood Hills on July 12. The incident's details line up with allegations made by rapper and singer Megan Thee Stallion.

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In Newark, A Drive-In Movie Theater Celebrates Black Excellence

Thursday, October 08, 2020

The simultaneous crises of the pandemic and racism against Black Americans led to the creation of an unusual movie theater located in New Jersey's biggest city: the Newark Moonlight Cinema.

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A Voice Of Iran, Master Singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Has Died

Thursday, October 08, 2020

With a voice by turns soaring and haunting, Shajarian was considered one of his nation's treasures — and then ran afoul of the regime. He died Thursday in Tehran at age 80.

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'I Can See Clearly Now' Singer Johnny Nash Has Died At 80

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

The Houston-born singer had his biggest American hit in 1972 — but as a fan of Jamaican music, he signed Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh and produced some of their early recordings.

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'I Am Woman' Singer Helen Reddy Is Dead, Aged 78

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Australian-born singer whose feminist anthem "I Am Woman" became a hit at the height of the women's liberation movement died Tuesday in Los Angeles. She had dementia.

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Met Opera Says It Won't Return Until Fall 2021

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Opera fans will have to wait another whole year for live performances at the famed New York house. In a press release Wednesday, the Metropolitan Opera says it plans to reopen on Sept. 27, 2021.

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Top Music School Finds Sexual Abuse Allegations From Violinist 'Credible'

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In a report released Tuesday evening, Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music said that violinist Lara St. John's account of being raped and sexually abused by her teacher is credible.

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Five Decades On, An Eclectic Church Preaches The Message Of John Coltrane

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In 1965, two young fans heard the jazz giant play at a San Francisco club and had a religious epiphany. Their church is an idiosyncratic and joyful blend of devotion to the divine — and to jazz.

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