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." Adobe Airstream:The Magazine For Citizens of Culture
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, multi-dimensional approach includes; numerous film and television scores, 27 CDs of original music, three theatrical performance works, multiple art exhibitions, four books of poetry, and the creation of twenty short films.
Fingers, a duet with guitarist Bill Frisell (Rhombus Records), 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." Rubinstein has also collaborated with artists as varied as Terry Allen, Brother Blue, John Densmore, Steve Gorn, Gordon Gottlieb, Anna Halprin, Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz, Lloyd Maines, Hank Roberts, Kiki Smith, and many more.
Rubinstein was awarded a fellowship 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 three new Rubinstein CDs currently in production, including 36 Year Serenade- selected recordings of Rubinstein’s songs, by a variety of women artists.
1. Music Composition for Film and Television.
2. Gallery and Museum Exhibitions.
3. Performance of original Americana songs, informed by jazz harmony, improvisation, classical idioms, and performance art.
"Rubinstein's novel, unpredictable, one-man show is hard to match…stunning, house-shaking...hauntingly beautiful.” LA Weekly
“What’s the source of Rubinstein’s strange, jazzy, unique songs? 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.” Santa Fe Reporter
“A key influence on a film viewer's impression of story and character, is of course, Rubinstein's experimental soundtrack…a mood-piece as introspective as it is prismatic.” Pop Matters
“Rubinstein works in the higher arts. He composes soundtracks with music ranging from contemporary experimental classical, to jazz, rock and Americana…How does one come to terms with this work? This is not an easy album, but one which impresses deeply.” Alternative Country Magazine, Netherlands
“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
“George Romero’s deeply disturbing portrait of a modern day ‘vampire’ comes with an equally chilling score – haunting, minimalist jazz penned and performed by pianist-poet Rubinstein…High art. One of the top 100 coolest film scores of all time.” Lois Wilson, Mojo
A Meeting of the Minds
"Like all great artists, Donald Rubinstein creates because he has to; probing his soul and his psyche with originality, beauty, humor, pathos, lyricism, energy and an abundance of love...opening windows to an aesthetic that is both accessible and unique. His work is truly inspiring, whether it be classical, jazz, folk or rock composition, poetry, painting, drawing, whimsical computer generated figures, live performance, or a combination of any of the aforementioned art forms...with great respect and a deep appreciation for his genius." Ed Harris, Actor/Director
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