D O N A L D R U B I N S T E I N
“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
“FOR SHEER VARIETY AND ENTERTAINMENT 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
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 interdisciplinary work includes: numerous film and television scores, various concert works, over 400 original songs, 27 CDs of original music, three original theatrical works, gallery and museum exhibitions, four books of poetry, and the creation of over 20 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, Robin Holcomb, Michael Gregory Jackson, Lloyd Maines, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Hani Naser, 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 recordings of Donald Rubinstein’s music slated for release in SEPTEMBER, 2019, including Eternity, The Famous Singer, and 46 Year Serenade, a selection of Rubinstein songs recorded by various artists.
1. MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR FILM, TELEVISION, AND CONCERT HALL.
2. ORIGINAL SONGS INFLUENCED BY ROOTS, ROCK, JAZZ, MODERN CLASSICAL AND PERFORMANCE ART.
3. GALLERY AND MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS / INTERDISCIPLINARY INSTALLATIONS.
“Standout songs, beautiful tunes…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
“If I could work with “D” (Donald Rubinstein) on every film I ever made, I’d do it. I have never worked with a person in the filmmaking process like him. He comes into the room, wants to know what the film’s about, and then works with you to completely realize the film for what it’s meant to be. He’s the purest guy I’ve ever worked with. He’s an absolute innocent. He’s there to do the work, and you’ve got to respect that…D doesn’t do shit for the fuck of it. He does shit from the heart. His heart, your heart. The amazing thing is that he can see and hear your heart…D Rules.” George A. Romero, Director
"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
“Donald Rubinstein's experimental soundtrack…a baroque fusion of jazz, string quartet, and electronic piano…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 and psychological ticks...a mood-piece as introspective as it is prismatic.” PopMATTERS
"Rubinstein’s uniquely drawn figures call to mind monsters, or the characters found in the drawings of New Yorker magazine legend Saul Steinberg." Albuquerque Tribune
“Mr. Rubinstein is a polymath, a musician who writes, a poet who makes visual art. His colorful alter ego, ego-altering characters inhabit an open-ended world of non-sequiturs and ambiguous sophistication…an original and exuberant mind.“ Aline Brandauer, Linda Durham Contemporary Art.
“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.” Adobe Airstream: The Magazine For Citizens of Culture
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