Anastasia Tsioulcas

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DakhaBrakha: globalFEST 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

It's hard to know what to make of the Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha when it first arrives on stage — but, oh, those tall, furry hats! But from the first moment the group starts performing, it's hard not to get caught up in the magic it weaves.

Founded by former underground ...

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Brushy One String: globalFEST 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A YouTube sensation whose song "Chicken in the Corn" has received more than four million views, Jamaica's Brushy One String has captured listeners' imaginations with his stripped-down style, as he uses his rich baritone to accompany a beat-up, single-stringed acoustic guitar.

Born Andrew Chin, Brushy has deep musical ...

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The Bombay Royale: globalFEST 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

It's not often that a band composed of stock characters can be a successful live act, so one that boasts "The Mysterious Lady," "The Tiger" and "The Skipper" — all, of course, in costume — might make a newcomer think the shtick is more enjoyable than the music.

But The ...

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Baloji: globalFEST 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

What happens when an artist mixes the suavity of Congolese rumba, the sweat and funk of James Brown, lilting soukous guitar, the visual flair of the sapeurs and the sensibilities of 21st-century hip-hop? The charismatic Congolese-Belgian singer Baloji has one answer. As he sings in the ...

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The Wu-Force: globalFEST 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

If you've encountered banjo phenomenon Abigail Washburn before, you might know that she's loved China for a long time. In fact, it was her plan to study law at Beijing University that led her to her chosen instrument a little more than a decade ago: She'd wanted to bring "something ...

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First Listen: The Gloaming, 'The Gloaming'

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The prime minister of Ireland showed up for The Gloaming's first gig; that's how big the supergroup's formation has been for fans of Irish music. Here at NPR Music, Bob Boilen and I have been waiting anxiously for the band's first album ever since The Gloaming made its U.S. debut ...

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Destroyed By Customs? Or Stolen? Whatever Happened, Flutes Are Gone

Friday, January 03, 2014

A case stirring intense outrage in the classical music community and starting to gain steam in the mainstream press is getting more mysterious by the day.

On New Year's Eve, the popular classical music blog Slipped Disc, written by London-based Norman Lebrecht, published a story with an incendiary ...

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Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The relationship between a teacher and a student can be transformative. It's a particularly important relationship in classical music. A teacher is part mentor, part manager — even a parental figure.

Recently, I had the unique opportunity to sit down with two piano greats who bring a special dynamic to ...

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10 Favorite World Music Albums Of 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"World music" can mean pretty much anything. French club tracks. Field recordings captured on remote Pacific islands. Bollywood soundtracks. Argentine tangos. Or, for that matter, pop, traditional, classical or religious music from anywhere on the globe — as long as the lyrics aren't sung in English and the instruments aren't ...

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NPR Classical's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

The year may have suffered a couple of black eyes in the form of shuttered opera companies and orchestras in labor disputes, but as far as recordings go, don't let anyone tell you classical music is dying — the music and musicians are thriving.

2013 revealed a rich trove of ...

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A Bumper Crop Of Classical Box Sets

Friday, December 06, 2013

This wound up being a spectacular year for elaborate, lavishly packaged reissues. Given all the fabulous classical box sets that appeared this year, you'd think we were in some kind of boom era for music served up on compact discs. (2013? More like 1993.)

Why? Well, there's always the mercenary ...

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Remembering A Congolese Rumba King

Monday, December 02, 2013

One of Africa's biggest hitmakers, Tabu Ley Rochereau, a star with a honeyed voice who went on to become one of the continent's most successful music impresarios, died Saturday. He never truly recovered from cardiovascular problems two years ago, and died at a hospital in Brussels after being ...

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Confronting The Ghosts Of Classical Christmas Albums Past

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

With the holidays upon us, our friends at member station WQXR invited me along with Washington Post chief classical critic Anne Midgette and Sony Masterworks producer Steven Epstein, the winner of 17 Grammy Awards, to sit down with host Naomi Lewin for a Conducting Business podcast ...

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Hear What Happened At Boston's Symphony Hall After JFK's Assassination

Thursday, November 21, 2013

One of the most moving documents to emerge from the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination is a radio broadcast. It's WGBH's audio of what was supposed to be just another Friday afternoon concert given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra — which turned into an eloquent ...

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First Listen: Benjamin Britten's 'War Requiem'

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Between the time when English composer Benjamin Britten began thinking about writing an oratorio that addressed the hell of war and the time he completed his War Requiem, the world was consumed by violence several times over. There were the horrors of WWII in Europe, the atomic bombings ...

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And You Think You're Having A Bad Day

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

An old video is suddenly making the internet rounds, because living vicariously through a performance nightmare is an ever-popular sport, I guess. (And we've collected plenty ourselves.)

It depicts pianist Maria João Pires in front of an audience (at a dress rehearsal?) with conductor Riccardo Chailly ...

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First Listen: Kronos Quartet, 'Aheym'

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bryce Dessner is a man who slips in and out of musical guises with disarming ease. In the rock world, he's known as a member of The National (along with his twin brother, Aaron) and a founding member of Clogs. But in contemporary classical circles, Dessner, who studied ...

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Get To Know Ned Rorem, Now That He's 90

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Today is composer and author Ned Rorem's birthday — his 90th, as it happens. It's an occasion that would be pretty easy to miss: Aside from some special concerts sprinkled here and there and precious few places elsewhere around the country this autumn, performers ...

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Watch A Late Composer's Parting Statement, Through The Eyes Of A Child

Thursday, September 05, 2013

The vocal quartet New York Polyphony delights in surprises — whether it's a matter of singing some rather raunchy Italian madrigals or making a video to introduce their album Times Go By Turns (released on BIS Aug. 27). The piece that the foursome of countertenor Geoffrey Williams, tenor ...

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10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Last summer, we published a week-long series called "The Young Person's Guide to Making Music" in collaboration with our colleagues at the radio program From The Top. The idea was to provide guidance and suggestions for parents and kids just starting out in music, with ideas ...

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