"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. His music is inspirational and at the same time melancholy, and he wields his original tonal creations like a true master hitting you where you weren’t looking. Folk, jazz, rock, classical, this dude can do it all. His music is three dimensional. You can touch it and it will touch you back…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." Groovy, 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 interdisciplinary work includes; numerous film and television scores, concert works, over 400 original songs, 27 CDs of original music, three theatrical performance works premiered in both New York and Los Angeles, gallery and museum exhibitions, 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, Cassandra Wilson, Charlie Haden, and Tony Bennet. He co-wrote "Ain't Nothin' Like a Friend" (Lakeshore Records), with Ed Harris, for the director's feature film "Appaloosa." Rubinstein, has also collaborated with artists as varied as Terry Allen, Brother Blue, John Densmore, Craig Eastman, Gordon Gottlieb, Anna Halprin, Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz, Anthony Jackson, Michael Gregory Jackson, Lloyd Maines, Bob Moses, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Emil Richards, Hank Roberts, Kiki Smith, and many more.
Donald Rubinstein was awarded a residency, via nomination, from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2014. He has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art in collaboration with Kiki Smith, as well as in multiple one-person exhibitions. There are three new Rubinstein CDs currently in production or awaiting release, including, Eternity, The Famous Singer, and 36 Year Serenade- a selection of Rubinstein’s songs recorded by a variety of women artists.
1. MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
2. ORIGINAL POPULAR SONGS, INFORMED BY MODERN JAZZ AND CLASSICAL IDIOMS, IMPROVISATION, AND PERFORMANCE ART.
3. GALLERY AND MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
"Rubinstein's novel, unpredictable, one-man show is hard to match…stunning, house-shaking…hauntingly beautiful.” LA Weekly
“A key influence on a film viewer's impression of story and character, Donald Rubinstein's experimental soundtrack is packed with innovation and psychological ticks…a mood-piece as introspective as it is prismatic.” A. Loudermilk, PopMatters
“What’s the source of Rubinstein’s strange, jazzy, unique songs? 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.” Jonanna Widner, 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." Alan Miller, Modern Vinyl
“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? This is not an easy album, but one which impresses deeply.” Alternative Country Magazine, Netherlands
“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
“A composer and songwriter of stellar proportions.” John Densmore (The Doors)
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…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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