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“DONALD RUBINSTEIN’S NOVEL, UNPREDICTABLE ONE-MAN SHOW IS HARD TO MATCH…STUNNING, HOUSE-SHAKING…HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL.” LA Weekly
“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 SOUNDTRACK IS PACKED WITH INNOVATION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TICKS…A MOOD-PIECE AS INTROSPECTIVE AS IT IS PRISMATIC.” PopMATTERS
“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.” 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 “The 100 Coolest Movie Soundtracks of All Time” by Mojo magazine (2002). Rubinstein's multi-disciplinary work includes: numerous film and television scores, various concert works, over 400 original songs, 27 CDs of original music, four original theater works, gallery and museum exhibitions, three books of poetry, and the creation of twenty short films.
Fingers (Rhombus Records), a duet with guitarist Bill Frisell, was included on Jazziz Magazine’s 20th anniversary CD, A Celebration of the Modern Era, with Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, 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. Rubinstein has also collaborated with artists as varied as Terry Allen, Brother Blue, John Densmore, Steve Gorn, Robin Holcomb, Michael Gregory Jackson, Erica Lindsay, Lloyd Maines, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Hank Roberts, Kiki Smith, and many more.
Donald Rubinstein was awarded a fellowship and residency, via nomination, from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (2014). He is the recipient of The Ascap Special Award in Theater Arts. Rubinstein has been exhibited in multiple one-person exhibitions, as well as at The Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art in collaboration with Kiki Smith. There are three new Rubinstein CDs currently in production including Eternity, The Famous Singer, and 36 Year Serenade, a selection of 12 Rubinstein songs recorded by a variety of women artists,
1. MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR FILM, TELEVISION, CONCERT HALL.
2. ORIGINAL SONGS INFLUENCED BY ROOTS, ROCK, JAZZ, MODERN CLASSICAL AND PERFORMANCE ART.
3. GALLERY AND MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS / INTERDISCIPLINARY INSTALLATIONS.
“Beautiful tunes…standout songs…devoid of transitory trendiness.” Los Angeles Times
“The music was composed and played by pianist/poet, Donald Rubinstein…minimal, sad, lovely, melancholy and touching. Perfect for a moody flick.” New York Downtown Music Gallery
"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
“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.” Groovey, Adobe Airstream: The Magazine For Citizens of Culture
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“Rubinstein’s novel cinematic approach is distinguished by a singular “indie” voice- a cool, rebellious vibe developed long before that term was fashionable.” “Donald Rubinstein’s Works of Art,” by Daniel Schweiger
“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”
“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”