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:

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.


R. Kelly is sentenced to 30 years in prison

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The R&B star was convicted in New York last year of sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, sex trafficking and racketeering.


Visual artist Sam Gilliam has died at 88

Monday, June 27, 2022

The Washington, D.C.-based painter became famous for his Drape works — vibrantly painted pieces of fabric that he hung by clips and could never be presented the same way twice.


An Arab American singer reframes music about the Crusades

Monday, June 20, 2022

A new project conceived by Lebanese American tenor Karim Sulayman recasts baroque music that by turns demonizes and exoticizes Arabs and Muslims.


A father's recipe that crossed three continents

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Papa's recipe traveled over generations from Greece to Egypt and back again. It will never mean the same thing to the people who randomly find it online, but it will still be delicious.


Leading Hollywood directors, writers and producers sign a pledge about onscreen guns

Monday, June 13, 2022

Shonda Rhimes, Jimmy Kimmel and Bill Lawrence are among the 200 movie and TV producers, directors and writers who are pledging to revisit the use of guns in their storytelling — but not to omit them.


The debut of 'Omar,' a thoroughly American opera

Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Composers Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels have brought a true story to the opera stage: the life of Omar Ibn Said, a Senegalese Muslim scholar who was enslaved and brought to the Carolinas.


On social media, Johnny Depp is winning public sympathy over Amber Heard

Monday, May 23, 2022

On TikTok, #IStandWithAmberHeard has garnered about 8.2 million views, while #JusticeForJohnnyDepp has earned about 15 billion views. A sociologist offers her views on the reasons why.


Some are calling the Buffalo suspect a 'teenager.' Is that a privilege of his race?

Monday, May 16, 2022

The white supremacist suspect in Buffalo is 18 years old. Some news organizations and commentators have called him a "teenager" and "child" rather than a "man."


Celebrated Indian musician and composer Shivkumar Sharma has died at age 84

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Reverentially known as Pandit ("teacher"), Shivkumar Sharma took the hammered dulcimer from humble folk instrument to classical concert stages around the world. He died Tuesday in Mumbai.


An intimate look at Jean-Michel Basquiat's art, courtesy of his family

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

"Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure" opened recently in New York City. It features 200 never-before-seen and rare paintings, drawings and artifacts from Basquiat, who died in 1988 at age 27.


See All The Best Looks From The Met Gala 2022

Monday, May 02, 2022

It's the annual high-stakes fashion soiree is a major money-maker for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute and an opportunity for mega-wattage stars and influencers to turn out in style.


Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha delivers an urgent message to U.S. audiences

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

This "ethno-chaos" group brings sophisticated music and strong anti-Putin messages to their listeners at home and abroad, as "ambassadors of free Ukraine." They're currently on a U.S. tour.


Radu Lupu, celebrated Romanian pianist, dies at age 76

Monday, April 18, 2022

A pianist widely admired by his fellow artists, Radu Lupu was known for his interpretations of Brahms, Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven, among others. Lupu retired from performing in 2019.


Art Rupe, influential early rock recording executive, has died at 104

Monday, April 18, 2022

Early rock recording executive Art Rupe has died at 104. He founded Specialty Records, which launched the careers of Little Richard and Sam Cooke, and helped make R&B popular with white audiences.


Harrison Birtwistle, an influential English composer, has died at age 87

Monday, April 18, 2022

Known for his sonic brashness and unyielding artistic vision, Birtwistle was awarded a British knighthood in 1988. He was one of the U.K.'s most prominent composers for decades.


These intricately decorated eggs are raising money and good wishes for Ukraine

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The Ukrainian springtime tradition of intricately decorating eggs has taken on new urgency during the war with Russia. Now, people are using this art to fundraise and bring awareness for Ukraine.


Jon Batiste and Silk Sonic take home major prizes at 2022 Grammys

Monday, April 04, 2022

In a year of particularly wide-ranging nominees and competitive fields, bandleader Jon Batiste and the duo Silk Sonic came away with big prizes. Ukrainian president Zelenskyy also made an appearance.