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). An interdisciplinary artist, Rubinstein's work includes 27 releases of original music, numerous film and television scores, large-scale performance works, multiple art exhibitions, four books of poetry, and a recent directorial spate of sixteen short, experimental, 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, Tony Bennet, and others. He co-wrote "Ain't Nothin' Like a Friend" (Lakeshore Records), with Ed Harris for the director's feature film "Appaloosa." Donald Rubinstein has also collaborated with artists as varied as Terry Allen, Brother Blue, James Drake, Robin Holcomb, Vinny Golia, Michael Gregory Jackson, Lloyd Maines, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Kiki Smith and many more.
Donald 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 two Donald Rubinstein CDs slated for release in 2017.
1. Music Composition for Film and Television
2. Original Americana Pop songs, informed by improvisation, modern jazz harmony and contemporary classical music.
3. Gallery and Museum Exhibitions/Installations
"Beautiful tunes…devoid of transitory trendiness.” Los Angeles Times
"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
“What’s the source of Donald Rubinstein’s strange, jazzy, unique songs? 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
“Donald 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
"Rubinstein’s jazz leaning makes for a spectacular score...It’s somber tone matches the mood of the film flawlessly. I really can’t say enough good things about it: it’s considered a classic for a reason.” Modern Vinyl
"Singer/songwriter, pianist, jazz experimentalist, soundtrack composer, beat-style poet— Donald Rubinstein has somehow juggled all those hats over the lengthy span of his creative career.” All Music Guide
“A wildly diverse and exceptionally beautiful album. Rubinstein’s musical pallet is vivid and varied as he’s joined by a variety of musical explorers such as guitarist Bill Frisell. From midnight blues to exquisite orchestral pieces that dance between light and shadow...This is dream music where tender songs drift into dark musical landscapes, and then back into morning light. A wonderful album.” Gajoob Magazine
"Donald Rubinstein's novel, unpredictable, one-man show is hard to match…stunning, house-shaking...hauntingly beautiful.” LA Weekly
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