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November 2015
Howdy <<First Name>>!

Once again the months have flown by.

You'd think it'd be easier to find the time to do a single newsletter once a month, but now I find myself missing not one, but two monthly newsletters in a row.

A lot has happened since August.  In September and October I was in Switzerland collaborating with cellist Katalin Von Walterskirchen and got to perform in and experience many amazing places throughout the country (Lucerne, Zurich, Bern, 
Gruyère & Vals) and also was able to take a side-trip to Germany.

Switzerland was one of the most pristine and beautiful places I have ever experienced.  The mountains were absolutely breathtaking and the architecture and history were incredible-- and the water was crystal clear and absolute perfection.  (We even took a dip and had some little German kids join us on the raft.  That's me waiving :)

I'll add some of the main photos from the trip below for you to see.
(Thanks again Katalin, Martin and Ursula!!! :)

Photos:  First morning arrival in Lucerne (rise & SHINE) / Performance in Zurich / Playing near the square in Lucerne / Mount Pilatus observatory / Me on Mount Pilatus
Also got to take a little side-trip to Berlin, Germany!

Talk about an intense experience... it's honestly hard to put it into words-- so I'll let a few photos do the speaking.

Photos:  Reichstag building / Up inside the dome on the top of the Reichstag building! / The Jewish Museum / The Berlin Wall / Holocaust Memorial
In other travel news, I was lucky enough to recently get a gig from Chicago to New Orleans through the Old Town School of Folk Music where I teach.

A gig on a train... I call it an "80 MPH gig!"  It was miiiiiighty tricky playing the hammered dulcimer on that bumpy ride, but somehow I managed.

Here's a video clip:
80 MPH GIG!  Chicago to New Orleans - The Pullman Train

BICYCLE NOTES (the animation-short) is an Official Selection at the 2015 UK Film Festival in London!

It's going to be featured in the UK Film Festival in London this Thursday!

A special congratulations to Fernanda!!!
More info:

Also, just found out that 'Devil's Work' (the most recent film I scored the music for) is now an official selection at the Tyre International Film Festival in Lebanon.  With all the chaos and horrendous violence going on in the surrounding areas it is at least nice to know that art, film and music are still radiating out somehow.

Previously featured festivals for 'Devil's Work':
Monterrey International Film Festival (Mexico), August 25-30
New Orleans Film Festival, October 15-22
Woodstock Film Festival (New York), September 30-October 4
LA Film Festival

In case you missed it from my July Newsletter:

Here's some of the new music I composed for the film above, 'Devil's Work', featured in the trailer.  It features cellist Sophie Webber who co-wrote/co-arranged the cello parts with me.

I look forward to hearing from you soon--  and please feel free to share this newsletter.

And last but not least-- how are you?!?  Send me an email-- lets talk soon!

DEVIL'S WORK - Political thriller
Directed by Miguel Silveira / Music by Joel Styzens
Interested in my other projects?  Check out the Film page of my website:

Now accepting new music students!  Locally / Nationally / & Internationally!

Over Skype and locally in Chicago, IL U.S.

Drum lessons : Piano lessons : Guitar lessons : Theory/Composition lessons
& Rhythm Lessons for:

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

Improve Your

  • sense of rhythm
  • coordination
  • sense of time
  • creative ideas and inspiration
  • musical confidence
  • And relate everything to your own specific instrument or art form
Lessons available over Skype and at two Chicago area locations:
My Ravenswood studio & 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 //

Tinnitus (& hyperacusis)

Otoharmonics update:

Well... I just can't seem to get into the routine of using this at night.  The in-ear monitors are really irritating my ears.  I am determined to give it another go, though-- and spend some more time with this device.  Will keep you updated.

100 strong!  We now have over 100 members of the CTSG.  Not in Chicago?  Find a support group near you.

In Chicago?  Email me to sign up for the CTSG list:

Note:  I apologize-- it has been a while since our last meeting.  Not only have I been traveling a lot but while I've been in Chicago I have been working 7 days a week.  I will figure something out soon-- I promise.  We might have to meet later in the evening sometime.  Thank you for your patience.
Oh-- one more thing!  I always forget to ask... Before you go
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