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“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, Anthony 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 music.

3.  Museum and Gallery 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.” Santa Fe Reporter

“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


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Portrait of a Museum



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Wheaty TownDonald & FB Rubinstein


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

"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 provides a cure for normalcy.”  A Celebration of the Modern Era, 20th Anniversary CD, with Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Frisell, Donald Rubinstein, and Tony Bennet. Editorial Staff, Jazziz Magazin

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 Vinyle




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Invasion of the Alien Dinosaurs, Donald & FB Rubinstein




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