D O N A L D R U B I N S T E I N
“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. This new word would have to embody the talent that you hear within the first 30 seconds of your first Donald Rubinstein song, that puts your brain on some new rails you didn’t even know existed between your ears.
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
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, 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, Steve Gorn, Robin Holcomb, Michael Gregory 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. Original Americana songs informed by jazz harmony, improvisation and modern classical idioms.
2. Gallery and Museum Exhibitions
3. Music Composition for Film and Television
"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
"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 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
"For sheer variety and entertainment Donald Rubinstein's novel, unpredictable, one-man show is hard to match…stunning, house-shaking...hauntingly beautiful.” LA Weekly
"Like all great artists, Donald Rubinstein creates because he has to...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, Director/Actor
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