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:

Bunny Wailer, Iconic Reggae Singer And Wailers Co-Founder, Has Died At Age 73

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

The last founding member of The Wailers died Tuesday in Kingston, Jamaica. After leaving the group in 1974, Bunny Wailer cultivated a distinguished solo career.


Remembering U-Roy, Jamaican Dancehall Icon

Friday, February 19, 2021

The iconic dancehall musician U-Roy has died at age 78. The DJ and vocalist known as "The Originator" had a massive impact on Jamaican music, and was also viewed as a crucial forebear to rap.


Remembering Flory Jagoda, Who Preserved Sephardic Jewish Music And Language

Friday, February 12, 2021

Born in Sarajevo, Flory Jagoda celebrated the music and language of her ancestors who had been expelled from Spain in 1492. She died Jan. 29 at age 97.


Judge Rules Against Britney Spears' Father In Conservatorship Dispute

Thursday, February 11, 2021

In a Los Angeles Superior Court hearing Thursday, the judge ruled that conservatorship of the singer's estate will continue to be co-controlled by an outside firm, Bessemer Trust.


Chick Corea, Jazz Fusion Pioneer, Has Died Of Cancer At 79

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The wide-ranging keyboardist, composer and bandleader died Feb. 9 of cancer. He was one of the fathers of jazz fusion, with his work spanning from acoustic jazz to his own interpretations of Mozart.


After U.S. Immigration Battle, Musician Kayhan Kalhor Returns To Iran

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Grammy-winning Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor called the U.S. home for decades, until chaotic encounters with the immigration system caused him to leave the country permanently.


Mary Wilson, Founding Member Of The Supremes, Dies At 76

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

The Supremes was Motown's most successful group in the 1960s, reaching 12 No. 1 hits. The cause of her death has not yet been released.


Saint Coltrane: The Church Built On 'A Love Supreme'

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Jazz Night visits the St. John Will-I-Am Coltrane African Orthodox Church, an evolving house of worship that has incorporated John Coltrane's A Love Supreme album as their chief liturgical text.


Tony Bennett Has Alzheimer's Disease

Monday, February 01, 2021

In a profile of the iconic 94-year-old singer for AARP The Magazine, Bennett's wife says he was diagnosed in 2016. While the disease progressed, he recorded a new album of duets with Lady Gaga.


Amanda Gorman — And Poetry — Will Be Part Of Super Bowl LV

Friday, January 29, 2021

Fresh from her burst into the literary stratosphere after her appearance at President Biden's inauguration, poet Amanda Gorman will recite a new poem during the Super Bowl LV pre-show next Sunday.


What Is The Sound Of Grief? Osvaldo Golijov Puts It To Music

Monday, January 18, 2021

In his newest work, Falling Out of Time, composer Osvaldo Golijov explores a painful subject — the death of a child. He was inspired by a unique literary work by Israeli writer David Grossman.


Tracy Chapman Wins Lawsuit Against Nicki Minaj

Friday, January 08, 2021

According to the suit, Minaj re-recorded the lyrics and vocal melody of Chapman's song "Baby Can I Hold You" without permission. Minaj will pay the singer-songwriter $450,000 in an order of judgment.


2021 Grammy Awards Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

As Los Angeles experiences a significant increase in new COVID-19 infections, the Recording Academy and CBS have decided to postpone the annual music awards until March 14.


Pianist Claude Bolling, Creator Of Popular Jazz/Classical Suites, Has Died

Thursday, December 31, 2020

The French jazz pianist was best known for his 1975 collaboration with classical flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal. It stayed on the Billboard charts for more than ten years.


Mary Ann From 'Gilligan's Island,' Dawn Wells, Has Died From COVID-19

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The actress and producer was 82 years old. Her publicist announced Wednesday she died of complications related to the coronavirus.


FKA twigs Sues Shia LaBeouf, Accusing Him Of Domestic Abuse

Friday, December 11, 2020

The musician FKA twigs has filed suit against her ex-boyfriend, actor Shia LaBeouf, alleging that he had physically and mentally abused her. She says another ex-girlfriend has made similar claims.


Ellen DeGeneres Tests Positive For the Coronavirus; Show Shut Down Until January

Thursday, December 10, 2020

The television host announced Thursday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus but is "feeling fine." Her talk show has been put on hold until January.


Bob Dylan Sells Songwriting Catalog In 9-Figure Deal

Monday, December 07, 2020

Universal Music Publishing Group announced Monday that it had bought the lucrative publishing rights to over 600 Bob Dylan songs. The deal is worth a reported $300 million.


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.


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.