Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas writes at NPR Music for “Deceptive Cadence” ( 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:

Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

GlobalFEST is a festival of discovery for everyone. This year's event in New York included Brazilian avant-pop from Ava Rocha, Congolese music from Jupiter & Okwess and much more.


Be True To Your School: 58 Years Later, Brian Wilson Gets An 'A' In Music

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

When the singer from The Beach Boys wrote the tune "Surfin'" as a high school student, he got an "F" from his music teacher. Nearly six decades later, Hawthorne High has rectified the situation.


The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan Dies At 46

Monday, January 15, 2018

The lead singer of the popular Irish band died suddenly Monday in London, where she had been working on a recording. The Metropolitan Police say her death is "not being treated as suspicious."


More Women Come Forward To Accuse Russell Simmons Of Rape, Sexual Assault

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Simmons says he's innocent — and that he intends to "hold the accusers accountable." Meanwhile, multiple media outlets say the New York Police Department is investigating several of the allegations.


Sexual Abuse Allegations Against James Levine Spell Trouble For Met Opera

Monday, December 04, 2017

Following published accusations of sexual abuse and molestation against conductor James Levine, the Metropolitan Opera has suspended him after a four-decade relationship.


A South African Superstar Says Farewell

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Singer and dancer Johnny Clegg — the co-founder of two groundbreaking, racially mixed bands during the apartheid era — is battling pancreatic cancer. He's saying goodbye to his fans on a U.S. tour.


Tyshawn Sorey, A Musical Shapeshifter, Wins MacArthur 'Genius' Prize

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The wide-ranging composer, drummer, pianist and trombonist has been defying easy category since childhood. Now only 37 years old, he's just getting started.


20 Years On, That Buena Vista Social Club Magic Endures

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The group's debut album was an unlikely smash: old-fashioned songs performed by mostly elderly Cuban musicians. Two decades later, its impact still resonates on the island — and beyond.


Bandcamp Holds Fundraiser For Transgender Law Center

Friday, August 04, 2017

More than 200 record labels and artists will also be donating proceeds from their sales Friday to the nonprofit.


Cajun Music Legend D.L. Menard Has Died, Age 85

Monday, July 31, 2017

The songwriter, guitarist and singer had a tune, "The Back Door," that became one of the most-covered Cajun songs of all time.


Iconic Australian Musician Dr. G. Yunupingu Has Died, Age 46

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The blind singer and guitarist had a sweet tenor voice and a gentle guitar that made him the best-selling Aboriginal artist of all time in Australia.


'Sorry,' Beliebers: Justin Bieber Has Abruptly Canceled The Rest Of His Tour

Monday, July 24, 2017

After 150 shows, Canadian pop megastar Justin Bieber suddenly announced today that he has canceled the rest of his world tour.


Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Dead At 41

Thursday, July 20, 2017

One of the lead singers of the band Linkin Park, which found great success in the early 2000s, died Thursday in Los Angeles.


Songs We Love: Mashrou' Leila, 'Roman'

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The rock band from Beirut returns with a heady, heartfelt song that challenges stereotypical perceptions of Middle Eastern women — from all comers.


'Graceland' Guitarist And Arranger Ray Phiri Dies, Age 70

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The South African guitarist and vocalist was best known in the U.S. for his collaboration with Paul Simon on the iconic album Graceland -- but at home, he was a jazz fusion star.


Remembering Pierre Henry, A Composer Who Made The Everyday Extraordinary

Saturday, July 08, 2017

The vanguard French artist — whose influence has touched everything from the Mean Girls soundtrack to the Futurama theme — has died at age 89.


Gary DeCarlo, Singer Of 'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,' Dies At 75

Friday, June 30, 2017

Long unacknowledged as the voice behind the indelible stadium anthem, the singer and co-writer died on Wednesday at age 75.


Geri Allen, Pianist, Composer And Educator, Dies At 60

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The jazz pianist defied classification while steadfastly affirming her roots in the hard-bop tradition of her native Detroit. She died Tuesday in Philadelphia.


Peter Tosh's Son Beaten Into Coma In New Jersey Jail

Friday, June 23, 2017

While serving a six-month sentence for cannabis possession, musician Jawara McIntosh was brutally beaten and rendered comatose. His family is looking for answers — and filing a civil rights lawsuit.


Watch A Buoyant, Bubbly New Video From Ibeyi

Friday, June 09, 2017

The French-Cuban duo has released a sunny new song, "Away Away," in advance of their sophomore album.