D O N A L D  R U B I N S T E I N



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, five books of poetry, and recently, 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, Craig Eastman, Steve Gorn, Robin Holcomb, Michael Gregory Jackson, Lloyd Maines, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Hani Naser, Hank Roberts and Kiki Smith.  

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, and in multiple one-person gallery exhibitions. There are three Donald Rubinstein CDs slated for release in 2018.  


1. Original Americana/Pop songs informed by jazz harmony, improvisation, and modern classical idioms.

2. Gallery and Museum Exhibitions

3. Music Composition for Film and Television


"Donald Rubinstein's novel, unpredictable, one-man show is hard to match…stunning, house-shaking...hauntingly beautiful.” LA Weekly



"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

"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

“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


Fighting the Dream

"Like all great artists, Donald Rubinstein creates because he has to...opening windows to an aesthetic that is both accessible and unique...with great respect and a deep appreciation for his genius."                     Ed Harris, Actor/Director                     

"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

“Rubinstein’s music fascinates and captures our imagination. His songs are haunting...The sad, sultry, slightly raspy voice has the quality of a man worn down, The sounds and images linger long after.”

“Songwriting genius Donald Rubinstein…Incredibly creative stuff…His music amazes me.”                   Derek Sivers, Founder CD Baby 

"Beautiful tunes...devoid of transitory trendiness.”  Los Angeles Times  








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