"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
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 (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." Donald has also collaborated with artists as varied as Terry Allen, Brother Blue, John Densmore, Gordon Gottlieb, Anna Halprin, Robin Holcomb, Lloyd Maines, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, 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 three new Donald Rubinstein CDs currently in production, including 36 Year Serenade, selected of his songs by various women aritsts.
1. Original Americana/Pop songs, informed by improvisation, jazz harmony, modern classical music, & performance art.
2. Music Composition for Film and Television
3. Gallery & Museum Exhibitions
"Donald Rubinstein's novel, unpredictable, one-man show is hard to match…stunning, house-shaking...hauntingly beautiful.” LA Weekly"
“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
“If I could work with "D" (Donald Rubinstein) on every film I ever made, I’d do it...He comes into the room, wants to know what the film’s about, and then works with you to completely realize the film for what it’s meant to be. He’s the purest guy I’ve ever worked with. He's an absolute innocent. He’s there to do the work, and you’ve got to respect that...The amazing thing is that he can see and hear your heart. He says things you’ve been wanting to say, and when he says them, they suddenly make sense. D. rules." George A. Romero, Director
“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
"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...with great respect and a deep appreciation for his genius." Ed Harris, Actor/Director
"Beautiful tunes...devoid of transitory trendiness.” Los Angeles Times
"To convey Rubinstein's style, Jez Winship relies on comparisons to: Hitchcock composer Bernard Herman, Krzysztof Komeda's score for Polanski's Dance of the Vampires, impressionistic pianist Bill Evans, and free jazz saxophonist Ornette Colman... packed with innovation...a mood-piece as introspective as it is prismatic." PopMatters
“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, empty and aching with fresh possibility. Rubinstein is certainly to be counted among them…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”
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