Anastasia Tsioulcas

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First Listen: Bombino, 'Nomad'

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Two years ago, Tuareg guitarist and singer Omar "Bombino" Moctar burst into international consciousness with an amazing solo debut album, Agadez. Here was a young artist who was, in certain ways, molded by the towering demigods of Saharan guitar rock in Tinariwen. But, as he proved on Agadez ...


Marches Madness: A Dancer's Joy

Friday, March 22, 2013

It's Marches Madness! Throughout this month, we're posting some of our favorite marches — from the concert hall, opera stage and parade ground. Got one we should hear? Played any yourself? Let us know in the comments section.

There's an unfortunate tendency among art ...


Remembering Risë Stevens, A Star Of Opera And Pop Culture

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Risë Stevens, a mezzo-soprano who sang at the Metropolitan Opera for nearly a quarter-century and then went on to become one of the Met's most prominent supporters and administrators, died Wednesday. She was 99. Her son, Nicolas Surovy, informed the Met Thursday that she died at home in Manhattan.

Stevens ...


How Does A Jewish Artist Tell The Ultimate Christian Story?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Salsa rhythms, Brazilian martial arts and a Jewish prayer of mourning: It's not exactly what you would expect from a classical composer's setting of the Gospel according to St. Mark. But that's exactly what Argentine Jewish composer Osvaldo Golijov, a MacArthur "genius," did when he was asked to ...


Marches Madness: Beware Friday The 15th!

Friday, March 15, 2013

It's Marches Madness! Throughout this month, we're posting some of our favorite marches — from the concert hall, opera stage and parade ground. Got one we should hear? Played any yourself? Let us know in the comments section.

A few mornings ago, I was ...


The Classical Pianist With 55 Million YouTube Hits

Thursday, March 14, 2013

How do classical artists grab attention these days? Simple — or, actually, not so simple at all. They build their fan bases on YouTube, one page hit at a time.

It's a model that's familiar in pop culture, from Justin Bieber to 50 Shades of Grey: Get the content out ...


'Soldier Songs': Can Effective And Affecting Art Come Out Of War?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Making art out of war is an ancient path — either as a means to quite literally sing the praises of warriors' brave deeds and martial power, or to forward a particular political agenda, noble or not. (As I write this, what comes directly to mind is the ...


Carnegie Hall Live: Golijov's 'St. Mark Passion'

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Robert Spano, conductor
Orquesta La Pasion (Mikael Ringquist and Gonzalo Grau, leaders)
Jessica Rivera, soprano
Luciana Souza, vocalist
Reynaldo Gonzalez-Fernandez, Afro-Cuban singer and dnacer
Deraldo Ferreira, capoeirista and berimbau
Members of the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela
Maria Guinand, chorus director
David Rosenmeyer, music supervisor
Chorus members of Forest Hill ...


5 Essential Ravi Shankar Recordings, From 'West Meets East' To 'West Eats Meat'

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

In certain circles, the echoes of the late sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar's talent are everywhere — and not just in the places you might expect.

There's his daughter and sitar protegee Anoushka Shankar, who's followed in her father's fusion footsteps, as well as his daughter ...


Silence And Sound: Five Ways Of Understanding John Cage

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Watch and hear a handful of clips that form an introduction to the master provocateur's work.


Raising A Glass To America's Most Famous Contemporary Composer

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Philip Glass has earned just about all the accolades a living composer could reasonably dream of collecting. He'll be spending tonight — the evening of his 75th birthday — at the U.S. premiere of one of his recent pieces. The setting? No less august a venue than ...


Keyboardist, Baroque Master Gustav Leonhardt Dies at 83

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Dutch artist was a hugely influential conductor, harpsichordist, organist and one of the grandfathers of today's early music movement.


Fall Preview: The Season in Classical Music

Friday, September 23, 2011

In this week's Arts File, Kerry Nolan speaks with NPR Music writer Anastasia Tsioulcas about classical music highlights during the fall.


On-Demand Webcast from the Temple of Dendur

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Wordless Music Orchestra marked the 9/11 anniversary at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday with a reflective program of Schnittke, Golijov, Ingram Marshall and William Basi...


Anastasia Tsioulcas' Top 5 World Music Releases

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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The Year in World Music

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Critics Week continues with a look back at the year's best world music releases. We're joined by Anastasia Tsioulcas, who writes frequently about world and classical music and edits the classical website

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Madame White Snake

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Zhou Long simultaneously embraces and transcends our notions of traditional Chinese classical and contemporary Western classical music. Madame White Snake is a beguiling articulation ...
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World Music Expo: Kayhan Kalhor and Brooklyn Rider

Monday, November 02, 2009

Putting Kayhan Kalhor and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider in front of a WOMEX audience was something of a risky proposition. As open-eared as most attendees are, I wondered if they’...
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World Music Expo: Day One

Friday, October 30, 2009

Now in its fifteenth year, the World Music Expo has become the premier meeting ground for artists, labels, presenters, and agents from an incredible array of countries and backgrounds...
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The Incomplete Year in Music

Friday, July 31, 2009

On the this final day of July, we look back at the best music released so far in 2009. Three music critics lend a hand: Nate Chinen of the New York Times on rock, pop and rap; Anastasia Tsioulcas of Gramophone magazine on classical and opera; and Will Layman of ...

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