Anastasia Tsioulcas http://wuis.org en How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.) http://wuis.org/post/how-do-you-sweep-ivy-league-practice-viola-really By now, you may have <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/01/297879597/new-york-student-is-accepted-to-all-8-ivy-league-schools" target="_blank">heard</a> about Kwasi Enin, the impressive young man from Long Island who has been accepted into the classes of 2018 at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale (all eight Ivy League universities) as well as Duke and three campuses of the State University of New York. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 22226 at http://wuis.org How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.) Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear Now http://wuis.org/post/latitudes-international-music-you-must-hear-now-0 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fGcf3GODKE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cprez2G15LI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KFBKcl4CD0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyRCkO1o6hY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8UVv1ludZ8</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 22003 at http://wuis.org Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear Now The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years http://wuis.org/post/kronos-quartet-still-daring-after-all-these-years Kronos Quartet is celebrating 40 years of playing music together — and to mark the occasion, they're playing a celebration concert at Carnegie Hall in New York tomorrow night. Since their founding, the San Francisco-based string quartet has become one of the most visible ensembles in classical music. The players have done it by championing new and underheard music, and by coming up with a business model that was unheard of for a chamber group four decades ago.<p>Violinist David Harrington dreamed up the idea of a string quartet devoted primarily to contemporary music in 1973. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:01:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 21719 at http://wuis.org The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years Welcome To Yo-Yo's Playhouse http://wuis.org/post/welcome-yo-yos-playhouse When you're lucky enough to have cellist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15995808/yo-yo-ma" target="_blank">Yo-Yo Ma</a> and members of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/144696932/the-silk-road-ensemble-globalfest-2012" target="_blank">Silk Road Ensemble</a>, some of the world's premiere instrumentalists and composers, gather for an afternoon of offstage music making, you've got to think long and hard about where to put them. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 21651 at http://wuis.org Welcome To Yo-Yo's Playhouse A Field Recording Bonus Track: The Silk Road Swings http://wuis.org/post/field-recording-bonus-track-silk-road-swings We had so much fun taping cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble's <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/294345739/yo-yo-ma-and-the-silk-road-ensemble-horse-around-in-brooklyn" target="_blank">Field Recording</a>, we couldn't stop at just one selection, so we recorded the group's four talented percussionists in a deep groove.<p>They're playing a piece written by Shane Shanahan called <em>Saidi Swing</em>. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 21653 at http://wuis.org A Field Recording Bonus Track: The Silk Road Swings Kronos Quartet At 40: Songs We Love http://wuis.org/post/kronos-quartet-40-songs-we-love <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E4Bjt_zVJc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzvWiG5Lpzc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANkFMjEEnJ4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVA0oX-bqog</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wnOJFuMKDE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUlMyYuEyXw</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:58:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas & Alex Ambrose 21573 at http://wuis.org Kronos Quartet At 40: Songs We Love In The First Violins — At Least For One Night http://wuis.org/post/first-violins-least-one-night <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm5BoFihAJw</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 21264 at http://wuis.org In The First Violins — At Least For One Night Bless You! http://wuis.org/post/bless-you <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj4BFvwwj-o</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:21:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 21103 at http://wuis.org Bless You! First Listen: Yasmine Hamdan, 'Ya Nass' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-yasmine-hamdan-ya-nass If you think you know what Middle Eastern music sounds like, think again — because Beirut-born electro-pop singer Yasmine Hamdan is positioning herself in an incredibly interesting place. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 20988 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Yasmine Hamdan, 'Ya Nass' Music Takes Center Stage In Oscar-Nominated Documentaries http://wuis.org/post/music-takes-center-stage-oscar-nominated-documentaries <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrXHcQyixTE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twB2zAOzsKE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kgRq_pGN2g</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 19914 at http://wuis.org Music Takes Center Stage In Oscar-Nominated Documentaries Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear Now http://wuis.org/post/latitudes-international-music-you-must-hear-now <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Psuqys26J4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSjtqBPd63U</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAMWdvo71ls</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsX3myCEAiE</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:58:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 19360 at http://wuis.org Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear Now We Love Him For More Than Twizzles: Charlie White Plays Violin, Too http://wuis.org/post/we-love-him-more-twizzles-charlie-white-plays-violin-too It's no secret that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/theedge/2014/02/17/278549740/americans-davis-and-white-win-gold-in-ice-dancing" target="_blank">gold-winning</a> American ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White have become favorite faces in Sochi. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:42:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 19272 at http://wuis.org We Love Him For More Than Twizzles: Charlie White Plays Violin, Too On A Chilly Factory Floor, Yuja Wang's Piano Sizzles http://wuis.org/post/chilly-factory-floor-yuja-wangs-piano-sizzles Chinese-born pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/122868506/yuja-wang" target="_blank">Yuja Wang</a> isn't one to do anything in half measures. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:28:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 19263 at http://wuis.org On A Chilly Factory Floor, Yuja Wang's Piano Sizzles Sex, Drugs And Wandering Batons: Classical Musicians (Finally) Get Some Screen Time http://wuis.org/post/sex-drugs-and-wandering-batons-classical-musicians-finally-get-some-screen-time <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBwI6U8ZlFE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEoM7bM7KVw</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 18921 at http://wuis.org Sex, Drugs And Wandering Batons: Classical Musicians (Finally) Get Some Screen Time Fiddler On The Slopes http://wuis.org/post/fiddler-slopes Classical music has managed to take center stage at sports events in the last few weeks. Soprano Renée Fleming <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2014/01/21/264553311/guess-whos-singing-the-national-anthem-at-the-super-bowl" target="_blank">sang the National Anthem</a> at the Super Bowl two weekends ago. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 18816 at http://wuis.org Fiddler On The Slopes First Listen: Tinariwen, 'Emmaar' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-tinariwen-emmaar How do you build on the reputation that has made your band the most visible ambassador of an entire people? For its seventh international album, <em>Emmaar</em>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15405877/tinariwen" target="_blank">Tinariwen</a> has some striking ideas that were born out of both creativity and absolute necessity.<p>Unfortunately, <em>Emmaar</em> reflects the unpleasant truth of this time in Tinariwen's career. It was made in the U.S. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 04:02:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 18180 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Tinariwen, 'Emmaar' 4 Ways To Hear More In Music http://wuis.org/post/4-ways-hear-more-music <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2swfLur5WQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCFEk6Y8TmM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mn1ibFdXDU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK23BhEQVyU</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 17973 at http://wuis.org Watch Musicians Elevate A Trip To A Big-Box Store http://wuis.org/post/watch-musicians-elevate-trip-big-box-store <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86ukcgSnME0</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 17754 at http://wuis.org Watch Musicians Elevate A Trip To A Big-Box Store Tracing The Career Of Claudio Abbado, A Consummate Conductor http://wuis.org/post/tracing-career-claudio-abbado-consummate-conductor <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmozblR_9Pk</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:53:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 17361 at http://wuis.org Tracing The Career Of Claudio Abbado, A Consummate Conductor Guess Who's Singing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl? http://wuis.org/post/guess-whos-singing-national-anthem-super-bowl She's probably not among your first, or second, or 10th, or 20th-round guesses, but the NFL <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000316164/article/renee-fleming-to-sing-national-anthem-at-super-bowl-xlviii" target="_blank">just announced</a> that American soprano <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15656760/renee-fleming" target="_blank">Renee Fleming</a> will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.<p>Fleming is the first-ever opera singer to be given the honor. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:48:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 17363 at http://wuis.org Guess Who's Singing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl? What Makes globalFEST So Interesting? http://wuis.org/post/what-makes-globalfest-so-interesting Every January, there's a one-night music festival in New York that showcases artists from around the world. It's called globalFEST, and it's been happening for more than a decade. Over the years, it's become a place for American tastemakers to find new talent from Europe, Africa, Asia and beyond.<p>This year's edition, held Sunday at New York City's Webster Hall, was no exception. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:18:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 17116 at http://wuis.org What Makes globalFEST So Interesting? The Wu-Force: globalFEST 2014 http://wuis.org/post/wu-force-globalfest-2014 If you've encountered banjo phenomenon Abigail Washburn before, you might know that she's loved China for a long time. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 17037 at http://wuis.org The Wu-Force: globalFEST 2014 Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta: globalFEST 2014 http://wuis.org/post/sergio-mendoza-y-la-orkesta-globalfest-2014 Imagine the 1950s big-band mambo sound of Perez Prado refracted through the lens of the 21st-century Latino experience in the U.S. That gives just a tiny clue to what's in store during a set with this Arizona band, led by keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Mendoza. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 17038 at http://wuis.org Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta: globalFEST 2014 Noura Mint Seymali: globalFEST 2014 http://wuis.org/post/noura-mint-seymali-globalfest-2014 Touareg guitar rock, desert blues: Whatever you call it, it's shorthand for a certain style from the Sahara that has triumphed at festivals and venues across Europe and North America, thanks to acts like Tinariwen and Bombino.<p>Most of the "desert blues" bands, though, hail from Mali, and it's much rarer to encounter musicians from the little-known nation of Mauritania. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 17039 at http://wuis.org Noura Mint Seymali: globalFEST 2014 KiT: globalFEST 2014 http://wuis.org/post/kit-globalfest-2014 The Amsterdam quintet KiT twists Afro-Caribbean tradition into an accessible, club-ready style. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 17040 at http://wuis.org KiT: globalFEST 2014 Hassan Hakmoun: globalFEST 2014 http://wuis.org/post/hassan-hakmoun-globalfest-2014 For decades, Hassan Hakmoun has been the foremost ambassador of the Gnawa people and their incredible musical and spiritual traditions. A native of Marrakech, Hakmoun grew up in a Gnawa family, whose ancestors were brought from West Africa to North Africa as slaves in the 15th and 16th centuries. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 17041 at http://wuis.org Hassan Hakmoun: globalFEST 2014 Fanfare Ciocarlia: globalFEST 2014 http://wuis.org/post/fanfare-ciocarlia-globalfest-2014 If any band has figured out how to marry breakneck speed with astonishing chops, it's Fanfare Ciocarlia (pronounced "fan-FAR-eh cho-car-LEE-ah"). Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 17042 at http://wuis.org Fanfare Ciocarlia: globalFEST 2014 DakhaBrakha: globalFEST 2014 http://wuis.org/post/dakhabrakha-globalfest-2014 It's hard to know what to make of 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.<p>Founded by former underground theater performers, DakhaBrakha possesses an incredible stage presence that transcends its eclectic repertoire and instrumentation — which includes spacious vocals, accordion, bass drum, mouth harp and cello. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 17043 at http://wuis.org DakhaBrakha: globalFEST 2014 Brushy One String: globalFEST 2014 http://wuis.org/post/brushy-one-string-globalfest-2014 A YouTube sensation whose song "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8H-67ILaqc" target="_blank">Chicken in the Corn</a>" 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.<p>Born Andrew Chin, Brushy has deep musical roots: His father was Jamaican soul singer Freddy McKay, while his mother, Beverly Foster, sang backup for Tina Turner. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 17044 at http://wuis.org Brushy One String: globalFEST 2014 The Bombay Royale: globalFEST 2014 http://wuis.org/post/bombay-royale-globalfest-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.<p>But The Bombay Royale, an 11-piece Australian band making its U.S. debut at globalFEST, seems happy to evoke memories of everything from the Village People to formulaic Bollywood romances of the 1970s (in which the music was anything but formulaic). Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 17045 at http://wuis.org The Bombay Royale: globalFEST 2014