DONALD RUBINSTEIN, Composer, Songwriter and Interdisciplinary Artist, 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). Since then his work has included 27 CDs of original music, numerous film and television scores, music commissions, three large-scale multi-media performance works, four books of poetry, and a recent directorial spate of seventeen, 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, Tony Bennet and Charlie Haden. Donald Rubinstein has also collaborated with artists as varied as Terry Allen, James Drake, Ed Harris, Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz, Anthony Jackson,, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Hani Naser, Hank Roberts and Kiki Smith.
Donald 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 Rubinstein CDs slated for release in 2017.
1. Original Folk - Pop Songs, informed by avant jazz and contemporary classical music.
2. Gallery / Museum Exhibitions
3. Music Composition for film and television
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 (When She Kisses The Ship On His Arm)
“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 (Time Again)
"Standout songs, beautiful tunes…devoid of transitory trendiness.” Los Angeles Times
“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? The first song takes advantage of Lloyd Maine’s splitting steel guitar. He sounds as if he has returned with Joe Ely and The Clash to The Venue in London...This is not an easy album, but one which impresses deeply.” Alternative Country Magazine (Too Late To Die)
"Martin and Pollock both represent the striking musical vision of composer Donald Rubinstein...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
“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
“I’m so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Donald Rubinstein in all kinds of situations over the years. I’ve learned a lot from him. He is a total artist who uses everything. There are not limits...An inspiration” Bill Frisell, Guitarist, Composer.
"Like all great artists, Donald Rubinstein creates because he has to; probing his soul and his psyche with originality, beauty, humor, pathos, lyricism, energy and an abundance of love...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...great respect and a deep appreciation for his genius." Ed Harris, Actor/Director
"Donald Rubinstein’s novel, unpredictable, one-man show is hard to match…stunning, house-shaking...hauntingly beautiful.” LA Weekly
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