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:

Three global bands to look out for, courtesy of WOMEX

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

A Mexican cumbia-punk band called Son Rompe Pera, a traditional singer from West Bengal named Rina Das Baul and a group from near Timbuktu called Al Bilali Soudan: three global acts on the rise.


What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening, viewing and reading

Friday, November 18, 2022

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Dawnlands: A Novel, Addams Family Values, Wind of Change and Turnstile.


Roberta Flack announces she has ALS

Monday, November 14, 2022

The iconic singer of "Killing Me Softly" has the condition also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a representative has announced. For Roberta Flack, it is now "impossible to sing and not easy to speak."


Jerry Lee Lewis has died at age 87

Friday, October 28, 2022

The iconic rock 'n' roll pioneer and last living member of the "Million-Dollar Quartet" — whose meteoric rise collapsed almost as quickly as he ascended, thanks to scandal — has died at age 87.


Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka wins 2022 Booker Prize

Monday, October 17, 2022

The prestigious award was given to The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, which the judges hailed as "a searing, mordantly funny satire set amid the murderous mayhem of a Sri Lanka beset by civil war."


BTS announces upcoming Korean military service

Monday, October 17, 2022

In June, the mega-popular K-pop group had already announced a hiatus. On Monday, the band's label and management company announced that all seven BTS members will be enlisting in the military.


Charges are dropped against Adnan Syed, subject of true crime podcast 'Serial'

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Baltimore prosecutors dropped all charges against Adnan Syed who spent 22 years in jail for the murder of his ex-girlfriend. His case was featured in the hit podcast Serial.


Prosecutors drop charges against Adnan Syed, the subject of 'Serial' podcast

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Adnan Syed served 22 years in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. His conviction was overturned last month. Prosecutors have decided not to retry Syed.


Revisiting San Juan Hill, the neighborhood destroyed to make way for Lincoln Center

Friday, October 07, 2022

In New York City, the area dominated by Lincoln Center was formerly home to Black and Puerto Rican communities. Etienne Charles' new musical work addresses that difficult past.


Murder conviction is overturned for Adnan Syed of 'Serial' podcast

Monday, September 19, 2022

Adnan Syed, the man who was convicted in 2000 of killing his girlfriend Hae Min Lee, has had his conviction overturned.


Adnan Syed, subject of 'Serial' podcast, is released after his conviction is vacated

Monday, September 19, 2022

Syed was 18 when he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Lee was murdered in 1999 when she was also 18.


Irene Papas, celebrated Greek actress from 'Zorba' to 'Iphegenia,' has died

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Papas catapulted to international fame in such films as Zorba the Greek, Z and The Guns of Navarone. She also earned acclaim for her work in classical Greek plays. She died Wednesday at age 96.


Photographer William Klein, famous for street scenes but also fashion, has died

Monday, September 12, 2022

The influential American-born photographer, filmmaker, painter and graphic designer died Saturday in his adopted city of Paris.


Bernard Shaw, longtime CNN anchor, has died at 82

Thursday, September 08, 2022

During the era that many viewers learned to watch CNN during breaking news, Shaw was its first chief anchor, reporting on stories from the shooting of President Reagan to the bombing of Baghdad.


There are barely any Muslims on popular TV series, a new study says

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

When Muslims do appear, they tend to be violent Middle Eastern men, a new study has found after surveying 200 popular series from the U.S, U.K. and elsewhere.


Classical musicians with ties to Plácido Domingo arrested in Buenos Aires

Friday, August 19, 2022

Musicians who have been publicly linked to Plácido Domingo and other major artists have been arrested in connection to an alleged Argentine crime ring, or are still wanted by police.


Plácido Domingo linked to criminal ring in Argentina, prosecutors say

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Media in Argentina have broadcast audio recordings of police wiretaps that prosecutors say includes the voice of the famed singer making plans for a sexual encounter arranged by the crime ring.


For this 89-year-old Gullah Geechee chef, cooking is about heart

Monday, August 15, 2022

Emily Meggett has spent decades caring for her community and family with her delicious, traditional Gullah Geechee food from South Carolina. Now, she's sharing that cuisine with the world.


Warner Bros. kills off 'Batgirl' movie, $90 million in

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Sorry, DC universe fans: the movie, which starred 'In The Heights' actress Leslie Grace in the title role, will not be released theatrically or on HBO Max.


Claes Oldenburg, creator of Pop Art on a giant scale, has died at age 93

Monday, July 18, 2022

The Swedish-born, New York City-based artist was famed for his gargantuan renditions of prosaic objects — a lipstick, a clothespin, a cherry perched on a spoon — installed as public art.