D O N A L D R U B I N S T E I N
“Discover the genius landscape that Donald Rubinstein has sculpted over the last few decades...This is the first time I have ever used the word 'important' to describe an album. You need to hear these songs.” Groovey, Adobe Airstream: The Magazine For Citizens of Culture
DONALD RUBINSTEIN made his musical debut at age 25 composing the score for George A. Romero’s cult classic, feature film, Martin. It was named one of the “Top 100 Coolest Soundtracks of All Time” by Mojo magazine (2002). Rubinstein's unique interdisciplinary approach includes; 27 CDs of original music, multiple art exhibitions, three theatrical performance pieces, numerous film and television scores, three books of poetry, and the creation of twenty short films.
Fingers, a duet with guitarist Bill Frisell, was included on Jazziz Magazine’s 20th anniversary CD A Celebration of the Modern Era, along with Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Charlie Haden, Cassandra Wilson and Tony Bennet. He co-wrote "Ain't Nothin' Like a Friend" (Lakeshore Records), with Ed Harris for the director's feature film "Appaloosa." Donald has also collaborated with artists as varied as Terry Allen, Brother Blue, John Densmore, Robin Holcomb, Michael Gregory Jackson, Lloyd Maines, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Hani Naser, Hank Roberts, Kiki Smith, and many more.
Rubinstein was awarded a fellowship and residency, via nomination, from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2014. He has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art in collaboration with Kiki Smith, and in multiple one-person gallery exhibitions. There are two new Donald Rubinstein CDs currently in production.
1. Music Composition for Film and Television
2. Original Americana songs, informed by jazz harmony, improvisation, and modern classical composition.
3. Gallery and Museum Exhibitions
"Standout songs, beautiful tunes...devoid of transitory trendiness.” Los Angeles Times
“Judging from his well concocted but often twisted work, Donald Rubinstein must have the oddest muse in the world, and also one of the best. He's got enough weird poetic/musical genius in his brain to rival Jim Morrison.” Jonanna Widner, Santa Fe Reporter
"Rubinstein’s jazz leaning makes for a spectacular score...I really can’t say enough good things about it: It’s considered a classic for a reason." Alan Miller, Modern Vinyl
"Rubinstein’s unique perspective, equally informed by the wide-ranging implications of multimedia conceptual art, and by the immediacy and sincerity of classic roots-driven songwriting, makes for a refreshing and insightful listening experience." CD Universe
“The music was composed and played by pianist Donald Rubinstein…minimal, sad, lovely, melancholy and touching. Perfect for a moody flick.” New York Downtown Music Gallery
"Donald Rubinstein's novel, unpredictable, one-man show is hard to match…stunning, house-shaking, hauntingly beautiful.” Lovell Estell III, LA Weekly
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“Donald Rubinstein’s art ranges from sophisticated music compositions to prints reminiscent of the characters in South Park. He is articulate, accomplished, and driven and he has never stuck to just one thing at a time. Almost everything he produces is an amalgam of forms and disciplines and they all have a spark. His works have a tension; a sense of questions asked and seldom answered that hint of the possibilities just outside the boundaries of what we understand.” Destiny Alison, Santa Fe.com
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