Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas is an Associate Producer for NPR Music. In this role she is responsible for producing, blogging and occasional reporting on classical and world music.

Tsioulcas is co-host of NPR's classical music blog, Deceptive Cadence, and also produces live concert webcasts, ranging from Member Station co-productions to other live concerts and special events, including Field Recordings and Tiny Desk Concerts, that she's helped curate and produce.

While here at NPR, Tsioulcas has produced, coordinated and reported on a variety of topics and initiatives including rallying a few hundred singers to Times Square for a "flash choir" to sing the world premiere of a new Philip Glass piece, commissioned by NPR Music. Tsioulcas also had the opportunity to speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich about his piece WTC 9/11 and she produced and co-hosted a live concert at (Le) Poisson Rouge with legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, comprised of players from Israel and across the Arab world.

Prior to joining NPR in April 2011, she was widely published as a writer on both classical and world music, and was 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. As a world music journalist, she has reported from across north and western Africa, South Asia and Europe on the music and culture of those regions.

Born in Boston, Tsioulcas was trained from an early age as a Western classical violinist and violist. She holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in comparative religion.

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12:07 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Latitudes: The Global Music You Must Hear Right Now

A group of young Sudanese women performs "girls' music" using overturned kettles and buckets as percussion in the documentary Beats of the Antonov.
Hajooj Kuka Courtesy of "POV"

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Deceptive Cadence
2:38 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Remembering Vic Firth, An Orchestral — And Entrepreneurial — Legend

Circa 1974: a photo of Vic Firth, the former principal timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a leader among percussion equipment manufacturers.
Milton Feinberg Courtesy of the Boston Symphony

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:31 am

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Jazz Night In America Videos
9:56 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Jazz Lives At Duke Ellington's Resting Place

Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra play an Exquisite Corpse at Woodlawn Cemetery as part of Make Music New York on June 21, 2015.
Polina Yamshchikov NPR

Each June 21, the one-day Make Music New York festival (MMNY) celebrates not just sound but community. It's a summer solstice gathering of the tribes for music makers and music lovers alike, with more than 1200 outdoor concerts across the five boroughs running from morning till night.

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Music
12:29 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Latitudes: The Global Music You Must Hear In June

The Barmer Boys of Rajasthan, India.
Courtesy of the artists

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Deceptive Cadence
10:27 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Gunther Schuller, Who Bridged Classical Music And Jazz, Dies At 89

Gunther Schuller, shown conducting Charles Mingus's Epitaph in 2007, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, conductor and educator. He died Sunday at age 89.
Hiroyuki Ito Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 8:49 am

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A Blog Supreme
10:02 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Help Us Make An Exquisite Corpse In New York City

Lionel Hampton is one of many jazz greats buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City.
Lee Sandstead Courtesy of Woodlawn Cemetery

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 1:33 pm

For this year's edition of Make Music New York, we come not to praise the dead, but to sing the blues and create a new "exquisite corpse."

This Sunday, June 21 at 4 p.m. ET, join NPR Music and regulars at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center for a round-robin group improvisation at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. Everyone who sings or plays an instrument — amateur, student or professional — is invited to perform with us.

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The Record
11:13 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Why Can't Streaming Services Get Classical Music Right?

Photo illustration: Claire O'Neill/NPR. Photo via NASA

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 3:50 pm

Why is classical music so hard to enjoy on streaming services? In one word, it's metadata. Metadata is the information that coexists with every digital music file: each and every piece of information about a selection of music that a listener might find useful to know, and what makes the information in one file discernible from the next. In the case of classical music, relevant and important metadata includes the name of the piece of music, the composer, the album it's from, the performers, the label that released the recording and the year it was recorded.

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Music
2:05 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Latitudes: The Global Music You Must Hear In May

Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato and her band.
Xan Padron Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 4:48 pm

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Music Articles
5:17 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Ornette Coleman Sues Over 'New Vocabulary'

Saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 1:09 pm

Updated below at 6:40 p.m. ET with defendants' response.

Was it a laudable snapshot of cross-generational jamming, or taking advantage of a jazz titan?

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Music
11:24 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Latitudes: The International Music You Must Hear In April

The husband-and-wife duo Niyaz: Loga Ramin Torkian and Azam Ali.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 1:51 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
9:23 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Twitter Outrage Takes Toronto, Canceling Two Pianists

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa
Gilbert Francois Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 1:20 pm

Valentina Lisitsa is a pianist whose worldwide reputation was built on social media. She is now experiencing a major backlash due to what she's been writing on Twitter.

It came to a head with the cancellation of Lisitsa's scheduled performances Wednesday night and Thursday night with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, which announced earlier this week that she would not be appearing to play Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the ensemble and Finnish conductor Juka-Pekka Saraste. Both TSO management and Lisitsa have said she will still receive her full fee.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:28 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Hilary Hahn Marches Through Mozart

Violinist Hilary Hahn.
Michael Patrick O'Leary Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 10:42 am

When you're all grown up, you — at least theoretically — put away childish things. But there are exceptions, as violinist Hilary Hahn proves in her latest recording project.

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All Songs TV
12:34 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Stromae, 'Carmen'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 1:23 pm

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Music
12:41 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Latitudes: The International Music You Must Hear Now

The Romanian band Taraf de Haïdouks returns, rebooted, to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Kamil Ornarowicz Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 2:56 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
10:56 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Cross The Arctic With The Kronos Quartet

The Kronos Quartet.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 10:50 am

Dogs barking, wind howling, ice crunching, then the sudden "ch-ch-ch-ch" of a sawing beat: That's composer Derek Charke's opening salvo in his transporting piece Cercle du Nord III.

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Songs We Love
10:52 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Tal National Brings The Joy On 'Zoy Zoy'

Tal National, the most popular band in the West African country of Niger.
Jason Creps Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 10:52 am

Just as we hit springtime (finally!), I think I've found the happiest song to greet the season. It comes courtesy of Tal National, a band from the West African country of Niger. This rollicking track is called "Zoy Zoy," which is also the name of their new album.

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Music Articles
6:22 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Muslim Music Blossoms

Riyaaz Qawwali performed at New York's globalFEST music festival in January.
Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 9:19 am

The eyes of the pop music world are on Austin, Texas this week. Thousands of bands and fans have descended upon the city for the South by Southwest music festival. Austin is also home to its own music scene year-round — and one of its more unusual groups is tapping into a sound that has nothing to do with indie rock or hip-hop. They're called Riyaaz Qawwali.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Review: Buena Vista Social Club, 'Lost And Found'

Buena Vista Social Club's new album, Lost And Found, comes out March 24.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 2:31 pm

It was nearly 20 years ago, back in 1997, that the Buena Vista Social Club became an improbable worldwide sensation: a group of mainly elderly (and some younger) Cuban musicians, performing traditional son music for an album produced by Ry Cooder.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:03 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Let Ethan Hawke Introduce You To A Fine, Forgotten Pianist

Pianist Seymour Bernstein in conversation with actor and filmmaker Ethan Hawke.
Courtesy of IFC Films/Sundance Selects

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 11:15 am

Ethan Hawke might strike you as an unlikely guide to classical music. But in directing his first documentary, Seymour: An Introduction, he created an intriguing and ultimately profoundly moving tribute to a largely unknown artist, 86-year-old pianist Seymour Bernstein.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Saying Goodbye To A Manhattan Classical Music Mecca

Owner Heidi Rogers Tuesday at her famous Manhattan shop, Frank Music Company, before the store's final closing Friday. Judging silently from on high is composer Igor Stravinsky.
Anastasia Tsioulcas NPR

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 7:04 pm

There's a kind of little village of artisans on Manhattan's West 54th Street. In a couple of plain looking office towers, there are a bunch of rehearsal studios, violin makers' workshops and other music businesses. Behind one of those office doors on the 10th floor sits Frank Music Company — Frank's, as everybody calls it.

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