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April 2014


I can't believe it's been almost 4 months since I sent out my last newsletter-- time seems to be flying by.

Speaking of flying :) ...I just recently returned from an absolutely incredible trip to Bogotá, Colombia where I was working on a new animation project-- and had the incredible opportunity to para-glide over the mountains!

If you ever have the opportunity to fly like this-- don't pass it up!  I'm so glad I didn't chicken-out.

In other news - now that I'm back I'm accepting new music students for an exciting new curriculum I've developed.

Any help spreading the word would be greatly appreciated...
Now accepting new music students
Over Skype & in Chicago

Rhythm Boot-camp for all!

Guitarists / Pianists / Drummers / Bassists String players & Dancers
Beginners to Advanced

Improve Your

  • sense of rhythm
  • coordination
  • sense of time
  • balance
  • musical confidence
  • And reduce your stress levels & learn how to play drums with your favorite music
Lessons available over Skype and at two Chicago area locations:
West Rogers Park & through the
Lincoln Square Old Town School of Music:

*Also available to travel to your home or studio within the greater Chicago area

For further information & rates contact:
Joel Styzens //
Sound of Silent Film Festival - Chicago
Music Box Theater

Chicago premiere of 'Bicycle Notes'

I am very excited to announce that 'Bicycle Notes' - the recent short-film collaboration with animator Fernanda Torres will be shown at the historic Music Box Theater.  And I will be attempting to play all the layers of music and sound effects live along with it-- with the help of cellist Sophie Webber and some others (hopefully!).

The rest of the festival program looks really exciting as well.  Hope you can make it!  Program and tickets:
"Soundtracking an animation short" featured article - Chicago Artist Resource

I'm-a published author :)

In other news related to the 'Bicycle Notes' short-film, I wrote an article for Chicago Artist Resource about the process of creating the music and sound effects and my collaboration with the incredible animator, Fernanda Torres:
World Premieres of Bicycle Notes

1. Sound of Silent Film Festival - Chicago, IL

2. Festival de cine de Madrid - Spain PNR sección infantil

3. High Desert International Film Festival - Nevada U.S.

4. Lakino Kids Festival - Berlin, Germany

5. Bang Awards Film Festival, Portugal

6. Festival del Cinema Veramente indipendente 2014 Cinema - Trevi, Roma

7. Bikefest, Bogotá Segundo lugar en el concurso de filminutos del Bike Fest Cinema 2014 (2nd place winner in film competition).
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