DONALD RUBINSTEIN, composer and interdisciplinary artist, 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). Since then his work has included 26 CDs of original music, numerous film and television scores, music commissions, three large-scale multi-media performance works, four books of poetry, and a recent directorial spate of 15 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, Cassandra Wilson, Tony Bennet and Charlie Haden. Ain’t Nothin’ Like a Friend, co-written with Ed Harris, was released on the soundtrack for the Harris directed feature film, Appaloosa. Rubinstein has also collaborated closely with artists as varied as Terry Allen, Brother Blue, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses and Kiki Smith.
Donald 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 as well as in multiple one-person gallery exhibitions. Two of Rubinstein's recent short, experimental, films appeared in The Dallas Video Fest in 2014 and 2015 respectively. There are two new Rubinstein CDs slated for release in 2017.
1. Music Composition for film and television
2. Concert performances of original folk/pop songs, intertwined with improvisations rooted in contemporary jazz and performance art.
3. Gallery / Museum Exhibitions
“If I were a smarter human being I would now invent a word that would explain exactly how freakin’ cool and original in thought and execution Donald Rubinstein is with his music. His prolific discography is something you should take the time to explore, to discover the genius landscape that Donald Rubinstein has sculpted over the last few decades…This is the first time I ever used the word “important” to describe an album. You need to hear these songs.” Groovey Adobe Airstream
“Beautiful tunes…devoid of transitory trendiness.” Los Angeles Times
“What’s the source of Donald Rubinstein’s strange, jazzy, unique songs? Judging from his well concocted but often twisted work, he 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
“For sheer variety and entertainment, Donald Rubinstein’s novel, unpredictable one-man show is hard to match…stunning, house-shaking…hauntingly beautiful.” LA Weekly
“Donald Rubinstein’s sonic pallet spans from the nakedly acoustic to the eerily electronic to the heroically symphonic. There are those, meditators, test pilots and oblivion seekers of every stripe, who seek new horizons, vast landscapes, empty and aching with fresh possibility. Rubinstein is certainly to be counted among them. These compositions haunt, seeming to arise out of primordial emptiness, until suddenly they are gone with the very dawn the composer conjures. Donald is an unequivocal card-carrying visionary, a sonic gardener whose technicolor orchard bears fruit of strange shades and unexpected tones.” John Kruth, “Dawn Imagined"
“Donald 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? After an introduction of spoken word the first song takes advantage of Lloyd Maine’s splitting steel guitar. He sounds as if he has returned with Joe Ely and The Clash to The Venue in London. Experimental Americana is all with “Strange Eye,” a song with the super clean feeling of a dream machine driven by jazz piano…This is not an easy album, but one which impresses deeply.” Alternative Country Magazine, Netherlands
“Singer/songwriter, pianist, jazz experimentalist, soundtrack composer, beat-style poet — Donald Rubinstein has somehow juggled all those hats over the lengthy span of his creative career.” All Music Guide
“Donald Rubinstein: A man on a journey to orbit the outer edges of the atmosphere and dive right to the heart of the human condition. His music and art defy categorization-complex scores of moving sound poetry, folk tunes that bop and rock, storytelling with a deep funky soul. He is a man who creates in a hermitage of thought and feelings filled with crystalline structure and form, buried treasures, ancient memories-ultimately an incredible archeology and encyclopedia of musical forms that invite us into his own Emerald City.” Trend Magazine
“Ship to Shore Phono Company breathes new life into Rubinstein/Romero’s obscure, yet beloved classic, “Martin.” The composer of the score — Donald Rubinstein helped to shed the common vampire story by providing a unique and innovative take on atmospheric horror themes...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.” Modern Vinyl
"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 Allison, Santa Fe.com
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