Donald Rubinstein
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Donald Rubinstein


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"Selected Quotes"

"For sheer variety and entertainment, Donald Rubinstein's novel, unpredictable show is hard to match...stunning, house-shaking…hauntingly beautiful.” LA Weekly

"High Art" Mojo

"Songwriting genius…incredibly creative stuff.” Derek Sivers, CD Baby

"Playing his beautiful tunes he achieves a kind of serenity…devoid of transitory trendiness.”
Los Angeles Times

"Rubinstein sings like an animal, his grizzled voice cracking with half-ironical desperation or descending to a conversational murmur.... instantly iconic.” Seattle Weekly

"He has enough weird poetic genius to rival Jim Morrison.”
Santa Fe Reporter

"A poet in a Dylanesque vein, His singing voice reminds me of a tired, more world weary Bruce Springsteen. In the singer/songwriter vein, I'd much rather hear Rubinstein than any of the other, more popular artists."
Cadance Magazine

Like Ginsberg or Kerouac in their prime, Donald Rubinstein’s songs are haunting in text. Sounds and images linger long after he has gone.” Dramalogue

“A composer and songwriter of stellar proportions.”
John Densmore, The Doors

"Donald Rubinstein 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. He says things you've been wanting to say. And he makes you feel less of an asshole for wanting to say them. Because when he says them, they suddenly make sense. Validation, man. I'm not the only sucker on this planet. There's this other guy, D, who's been suckered in too. And he's here to explain how, why and what happened to us all. Donald Rubinstein Rules!”
George A. Romero, director

- Various


The Witness (1985)
Tales From The Darkside:The Movie (1991)
GNP Crescendo Records
Scars and Dreams (1997)
Music For Ocean Travel (1998)
Martin (1999) LevelGreen Records
Long Parade (1999) Blue Horse Records
Knightriders soundtrack, (2000)
Time Again (2000) Rhombus Records
Maya (2001) Rhombus Records
The Painted Stranger (2001) Rhombus Records
A Man Without Love (2002) Blue Horse Records
Ruby Star (2003) Museum of Modern Art
Lost Trail Hymn (2004) Black Starlight Records
Acceptance (2005) Black Starlight Records
Bruiser/Sorry town soundtracks Black Starlight Records (2005)
Tangled Up In Bob (2006)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Donald Rubinstein, singer/songwriter and composer has recorded 15 CDS to date, with one on the way.
What sets Donald apart is his lyrical gift and the uniqueness of his musical approach, moving from the traditional to the startingly original. ("Beautiful tunes, devoid of transitory trendiness." LA Times). He has scored numerous films including George Romero's "Martin," voted "One of the top 100 coolest film scores of all time," Mojo. His country-rock cd, "A Man Without Love," was executive produced by actor Ed Harris. Another cd of songs, "Time Again," is in duet with guitarist Bill Frisell and executive/produced by Bill as well. Crossing genres, Donald was included in Jazziz magazine's "Celebration of the Modern Era" 20th Anniversary CD, along with Miles Davis, Cassandra Wilson and Charlie Haden amongst others. He has written both main title themes and episodic music for two television series. Donald has also collaborated with artists as varied as country songwriter Terry Allen and dancer Anna Halprin. His poetry/print collaboration with Kiki Smith, "Seed," was exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art. As well, the museum exclusively sold his CD "Ruby Star.” His work is also currently(November, 2006) being seen and heard at The Whitney Museum of Art in NYC. He most recently completed scoring a documentary feature on Bob Dylan, "Tangled Up in Bob." Donald performed a number his original songs from the soundtrack to open the NYC premiere of the film, November 19, 2006.