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July 2014


Hope you've been enjoying your summer.  I've been enjoying getting out and about as much as possible-- trying to take advantage of the fabulous Chicago weather while it lasts.  There have been a lot of great outdoor concerts, movies and new museum exhibits.

The Chicago premiere of 'Bicycle Notes' at the Sound of Silent Film Festival was a blast.  I got to perform the music live with the animation on the big screen at the gorgeous Music Box Theater.  I was playing hammered dulcimer and percussion and triggering electronic sounds with my feet!

This little video does not do it justice of course, but here is a live video for you anyway:
Still haven't seen the actual animation-short?  Check it
The most recent Film Festival featuring Bicycle Notes was the Knoxville Film & Music Festival in Tennessee.  Animator Fernanda Torres and I had plans of going and recording the experience as well, but unfortunately didn't make it.  We are still very honored to have been featured in the festival.

Fernanda and I are continuing to work on our next animation project here in Chicago now and are looking forward to updating you with our progress.

In other news, a new film project I was involved in has come to completion and just received top-honors at the Columbia University Film Festival in New York.  It's a political-thriller called "Devil's Work" and I am very excited about about sharing the film and my original film score with you.  More updates on this soon!
Devil's Work - A new Film by Miguel Silveira, Music by Joel Styzens (coming soon)
Now accepting new music students
Over Skype & in Chicago

Rhythm Lessons for:

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

Improve Your

  • sense of rhythm
  • coordination
  • sense of time
  • balance
  • musical confidence
  • And relate everything to your own specific instrument
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 //
World Premieres of Bicycle Notes
1. Knoxville Film & Music Festival - Knoxville, Tennessee

2. Sound of Silent Film Festival - Chicago, IL

3. Festival de cine de Madrid - Spain PNR

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

5. Lakino Kids Festival - Berlin, Germany

6. Bang Awards Film Festival, Portugal

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

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