1. Concert performances of original folk/pop songs, extended by avant jazz improvisation and story.
2. Interdisciplinary Art Installation / Gallery/Museum Exhibitions
3. Music for film and television
Eric Shadowmann is a fictional character, derived from
"Shadowmann | An Art Opera," by Donald Rubinstein.
YOU MUST LIVE ON, Directed by Eric Shadowmann (1977)
Copyright 2015 Donald Rubinstein
- PERSEVERANCE RECORDS ANNOUNCES NEW RELEASE
Perseverance Records has given the green light to it’s fourth release of work by Donald Rubinstein. The upcoming release will feature Rubinstein’s 1999 score for George A. Romero’s Bruiser as well as his 2013 score for German director Susann Reck’s feature documentary, Blender. More to come!
- MARTIN VINYL RELEASE Update
May 27th has been set for the release of the LP. It’s been getting a lot of attention, which is nice. Here is one of the mentions with a link to ordering the lp, which it appears is ‘going fast’ as it’s a 2000 lp limited edition, collectors sought of thing…
- MARTIN VINYL RELEASE
Ship to Shore Phonograph company is putting the finishing touches on a deluxe vinyl edition of Donald Rubinstein’s score for the feature film “Martin.”
Voted “One of the 100 top coolest film scores of all time” by Mojo Magazine, this will be the 4th release of Rubinstein’s score. The soundtrack will be available in a collectors edition by June, 2015, including new liner notes by the composer.
- SEED BY DONALD RUBINSTEIN & KIKI SMITH
One of eight intaglio prints entitled “Seed,” the result of a 2003 collaboration between Donald Rubinstein and Kiki Smith, has been acquired by The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
- LIBRARY COLLECTIONS OF RUBINSTEIN’S WORK
Donald’s book collaboration with Los Angeles artist Timothy Nolan, LIGHT MAZE AND STAR has been included as part of the library collections at The Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth. The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas. As well, The Webster University Library recently acquired 12 Donald Rubinstein CDs for their collection.
- SEVEN SONGS
Donald completes the recording of basic tracks for “Seven Songs.” The CD combines seven new americana/pop songs with jazz inflected improvisation- anticipated release is April, 2015.
- DALLAS VIDEOFEST
Donald’s short, experimental film “A Man Without Love,” will screen at The Dallas VideoFest, October 8-19th. The work is part of an ongoing series of short, experimental films created and directed by Mr. Rubinstein.
- REVISITING THE RAUSCHENBERG RESIDENCY
Donald returns to The Rasuchenberg Residency in October for a collaboration with his wife, performance artist Audrey Nadia Rubinstein.
- LIGHT OPERA: ART, MUSIC AND DONALD RUBINSTEIN
“Walk into Donald Rubinstein’s studio and you’re in the Creation Zone, surrounded by guitars and a piano, large artworks — both shadowy and colorful — and a small pile of books, each bearing the title Light Maze and Star. On each pair of facing pages in this 2014 volume is a reproduction of a collage piece by Timothy Nolan and a short, poetic text that Rubinstein wrote in response to it…
- ONE-PERSON EXHIBITION AND CONCERT
Donald Rubinstein | Works on paper and film
SHADOWMANN | AN ART OPERA (work in progress)
GALLERY OPENING 5:00 – 7:00 pm: FREE
CONCERT: 7:30 pm: Tickets at the door: $25
1805 Second St, SF, NM 87501 . 505-954-1274
- SHADOWMANN | AN ART OPERA
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NOW THROUGH AUGUST 5TH.
- GIG PERFORMANCE SPACE, SANTA FE
Donald will perform solo on guitar, piano and vocals- 2 sets beginning at 7:30 pm.
Saturday, May 3, 2014, GiG – 1808 Second Street – Santa FePrice: $20/$30.
- AN EVENING WITH DONALD RUBINSTEIN, IN CONCERT
Donald will be performing in concert at CB-1 Gallery, in Los Angeles, SATURDAY, APRIL 26th. at 7:30 pm. The concert is in conjunction with the publication of LIGHT MAZE AND STAR, a book collaboration with Timothy Nolan, which is currently featured at the gallery. Advance tickets can be purchased via paypal. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XP4WUFRGE4SNG
- LIGHT MAZE AND STAR
Donald’s poetry collaboration with L.A. artist Timothy Nolan, will premiere at Mr. Nolan’s one-man exhibition at CB-1 Gallery, Los Angeles. Opening reception, March 23rd, 5-7 pm
- WEBSYN RADIO, FRANCE TO PLAY 1 1/2 HOURS OF RUBINSTEIN EVERY DAY FOR TWO WEEKS.
WebSyn Radio will be playing a selected playlist of Donald Rubinstein’s music every day, for March, 20th – April 3, 2 pm French Time. (9 am EST) SYN-flyer161-Donald RUBINSTEIN-eng
- RUBINSTEIN PERFORMS AT RAUSCHENBERG RESIDENCY
Donald will premiere his in progress installation in a special performance.
- DAWN IMAGINED RELEASED ON PERSEVERANCE RECORDS
Donald’s newest CD release on Perseverance Records can now be ordered HERE! http://www.fortytwotradingco.com/dawn-imagined-dawn-of-the-dead-sketches-cd/
- LIGHT MAZE and STAR
Donald has just completed a set of poems to accompany visual artist Timothy Nolan’s images, for a new artists book entitled, “Light Maze and Star.” The book will premiere at Mr. Nolan’s opening of artworks at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles, March 23rd, 2014. Mr. Rubinstein will be at the gallery in April to perform in concert. Date and more info to follow!
- SEVEN SONGS
Donald is currently in his studio recording basic tracks and composing arrangements for a new, large-scale work, “Seven Songs,” for instruments, voices and improvising musicians.
- NEW CD RELEASES ON PERSEVERANCE RECORDS
Two new releases from Perseverance Records are in progress. The first will feature concert works based on themes Donald wrote for George Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead,” while in early discussions about scoring the film. It is due out in early 2014.
The second combines Donald’s score for the upcoming documentary feature film “Blender,” by German director Susann Reck, with his score for George Romero’s feature film, “Bruiser”(1999)- production is currently underway.
- RESIDENCY/FELLOWSHIP- THE ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG FOUNDATION
Donald is awarded a residency from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation for the 2013-2014 season. This is the first year of the award, which is by nomination only.
Visit Donald’s dedicated art site at http://donaldrubinsteinart.com
- “UNLIKELY FRIENDS” Premiere.
The feature documentary, “Unlikely Friends”, which includes two songs by Donald Rubinstein, will premiere on The Discovery Channel, October 21st. 9 PM E/P.
- “PAPER PIECES FOR KEYBOARD” RELEASED ON BAREBONES RECORDS
“PAPER PIECES FOR KEYBOARD is a contemplative collection of piano solos with Donald Rubinstein’s horse-voiced closing vocals reminding us that it’s “time again, time for angels.” Call it contemporary classical, I suppose, or a combination of contemporary and classical that sounds as jazzy and contemporary as work by, say, Keith Jarrett. In the often slow, gentle, well-spaced songs, there is room for a range of thoughts and emotions. I cannot write intelligently about the technical stuff here, but I like what I’m hearing. This is one of the CDs- along with the Bach violin solos by Christiana Edinger and the Bach cello solos by at least three different people- that I can happily lose myself in, wandering through the black and white “landscapes” of the keyboards.
Rubinstein is a composer, songwriter, performer, and multi-media visual artist who has written several movie and TV scores, concert and theatrical pieces, more than 300 songs on 23 CDs or original music; done avant-garde jazz-rock collaborations with Bill Frisell, Emil Richards and Wayne Horvitz, and has exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and in multiple one-person and group exhibitions. His Baroque jazz score for George Romero’s psychological horror film “Martin”, (about a young man who believes he is a vampire) was described by Mojo Magazine as “one of the top 100 coolest soundtracks of all time.”
There are no vampires here, as far as I know; listen to “Paper Pieces for Key Board” for that reason alone, or despite that fact. You should be glad you did.”
Tom Geddie, Buddy Magazine
- UPCOMING PERFORMANCES IN SANTA FE AND NEW YORK
Donald Rubinstein, Solo – Gig Performance Space, Santa Fe, NM, March 30th, http://www.gigsantafe.com/calendar.html
Donald Rubinstein with special guest, Steve Gorn – Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY, April 13th, http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org/calendar.html
- DONALD RUBINSTEIN / KIKI SMITH COLLABORATION IN NY
“Seed” (#2) by Donald Rubinstein and Kiki Smith
at Fountain Art Fair, opening March 8th, New York City.
“Fountain Art Fair will return to the 69th Regiment Armory, home of revolutionary 1913 Armory Show, for its 8th New York edition this March 8 – 10, 2013. Hailed as a no-holds-barred platform for the most progressive emerging talent and art world icons, Fountain will continue to host pioneering installations and experimental programming…
Other artists paying homage to the Armory’s early years include Miguel Ovalle, Don Porcella and Ayn S. Choi of A Band Apart Gallery 22. A Band Apart will also feature work by internationally renowned feminist artist Kiki Smith in collaboration with Donald Rubinstein.”
- “BLENDER” FEATURE FILM, MUSIC BY DONALD RUBINSTEIN
BLENDER- a documentary feature film From director Susann S. Reck:
Directed, Shot and Edited by Susann S. Reck
Editing Consultant Annette Muff
Music by Donald Rubinstein
BLENDER-The documentary film about the directors parents asylum, where she grew up, will be shown at the Dok Market during the Dokfest Leipzig, November 2012- still without final sound mix and color grading.
- NEW INTERVIEW: FANGORIA MAGAZINE
This recent interview in Fangoria Magazine was included in a special, limited edition Legends series. The first issue celebrated director George A. Romero, for whom I’ve scored three films. Thanks to Fangoria Magazine and Scooter McCrae.
The Humanity of Horror
“Composer Donald Rubinstein is a man of many talents. Besides being celebrated as a singer/songwriter, musician and multi-media artist who has released 23 CDs and had gallery/museum shows all over the United States, he’s best known to FANGORIA readers as the man who composed the scores for three George A. Romero films: Martin, Knightriders and Bruiser. While Martin and Knightriders are considered by the director himself and many fans to be among his best films, Bruiser is still a contentious title among Romero-lovers. But there’s no question that no matter what your stance may be on any of these titles, Rubinstein’s music for all three are idiosyncratic, one-of-a-kind scores that stand apart in the genre, not only as effective film music but great compositions in their own right. Rubinstein took some time out during a particularly busy period to talk about working with one of our favorite directors and shed some light on his creative process.”
For full interview, ‘friend’ and visit Donald’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/donald.rubinstein
- UNLIKELY FRIENDS
Two Donald Rubinstein songs (Time Again, Birth of Death), will be included in the upcoming documentary “Unlikely Friends” by director Leslie Neale (Chance Films). Ms. Neale’s previous films include Juvies, narrated by Mark Wahlberg, and Road to Return, narrated by Tim Robbins.
- “BOOK OF BLACK AND WHITE DREAMS” & “SEED”
Donald is exhibiting his collaboration with Kiki Smith, “Seed”, along with his “Book of Black and White Dreams”, at the Zane Bennett Gallery in Santa Fe, where he will also perform in concert.
- PERSEVERANCE RECORDS NOW SELLING 6 RUBINSTEIN CDS
“If you like Tom Waits, Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen, this music is for you.
I am a big fan of film composer Donald Rubinstein, with whom I have done two albums. He is also a prolific song writer and performer, and I am trying to get more people interested in his music, so I have asked him to send me some of his albums to sell in the Persey Yahoo store. He has released many CDs, and if these sell I’ll get more of his earlier ones, which are just as good. Listen to the samples; I am sure you will like them.”
You can also find the Perseverance Records releases of Donald’s scores for KNIGHTRIDERS, MARTIN & THE UNUSED SCORE FOR POLLOCK here.
- “THE STRANGER”, A RADIO ART SHOW BY DR
Donald writes, produces and hosts THE STRANGER, www.taintradio.org.
A “radio art” show featuring his music, ideas and inventions.
- TREND MAGAZINE FILMS DR
- “TOO LATE TO DIE” – new review
By Tom Geddie
Donald Rubinstein’s 20th album, “Too Late To Die”, is a fine illustration of the commercially forgotten, it seems, concept of song as literature with sound effects. While the phrase “fertile imagination” is a cliché, that’s one of the things definitely at work here.
Rubinstein is a multimedia artist. His first audio soundtrack, for George Romero’s movie “Martin” back when Rubinstein was 25 years old, was picked by Mojo magazine as one of the top 100 coolest soundtracks all time. He’s a prolific visual artist, too, and musicians from the Boston Symphony and New York Philharmonic orchestras have commissioned his compositions. While all of these forms influence his work, what’s most relevant here is his music – which has ranged over time from jazz to rock to contemporary experimental and modern classical.
“Too Late To Die” mixes folk and rock with that loosely defined roots genre Americana played by the likes of Lloyd Maines (pedal and lap steel, banjo), David Mansfield (mandolin), Hani Naser (hand drums), and others. Rubinstein sings and adds guitar, keyboards, harmonica, percussion, samples, and what’s described as “electrical oddities.” The sound never becomes gimmicky, though; everything fits.
The words deal with love and despair and an intriguing world seen from a slightly different perspective. “Frankenstein Walks” and “Vampires Parade,” turning titles into nouns and verbs. (The latter is a co-write with Terry Allen, a similar multimedia artist.) On “Pilgrim,” an upbeat-sounding blues with organ, Rubinstein claims that he is “a pilgrim in the darkness of the world.” On “36-Year Serenade,” he wants to hold her “with the darkness falling down,” but “the river’s been crossed too many times.” “Oh Senorita” is filled with images of discontent: the sky is breaking, nothing seems right, there’s a road that’s less traveled, there’s dancing like pilgrims, and there are restless poets. The simplest, most compelling image, perhaps, is his desire to “touch the moonlight on your arm.
The only disappointing song shares a bunch of Texas clichés observed while walking through the DFW Airport. Aside from the repetitiveness in the lyrics, “Too Late To Die’s” 15 tracks are more literary than many songs (whatever that means, I suppose it’s the interesting use of familiar images, the reaching unpretentiously for something more than three or four minutes that’s occasionally, but not consistently, like some early Dylan lyrics); don’t let that word “literary” stop you from listening to it.”
- “DATING SERVICE”, FEATURED IN BEMIS ART AUCTION
Archival pigment print, acrylic on canvas 18″x24″
- DIVISIONS OF THE YEAR
A new video work by Audrey Nadia Jajich, with musical score written and performed by Donald Rubinstein, will be on view at Christie’s, Gallery 6 in Rockefeller Plaza, NYC through August19th
- TRANSFER OF INNOCENCE
A solo exhibit by Donald Rubinstein- works on canvas, paper, installation.
La Tienda Exhibit Space, Santa Fe, through August 20th.
Opening Reception Saturday, July 23 from 5 – 7 pm
- INTERVIEW: TREND MAGAZINE
Article on pg. 34
Short film about Donald, produced by Trend, on main page.
- New 2011 Happenings
Two upcoming solo art exhibits:
La Tienda Exhibit Space, Santa Fe, opening July 23, 2011
The Fisher Press, Santa Fe, opening February 10, 2012.
- Divisions of a Year
Donald is currently scoring the performance/video work of Audrey Nadia Jajich “Divisions of a Year”
- Two Interviews
The first, a two hour radio interview “Junk Drawer” with host Gabe Gomez. http://www.project1015.com/sound_bytes/view/session/donald_rubinstein/85/
The second was Brian “Hardgroove’s” (of the band “Public Enemy”) “Fuse Box.”.
- Fugue For Motorcycle
Donald is scoring the short, experimental film by director Miguel Grunstein, “Fugue For Motorcycle.”
- Heaven Magazine Review
“Too Late To Die,” is Donald Rubinstein’s brand new folk/roots CD…a remarkable talent who can be both very humorous and deeply moving, coming at you from the corners. Blessed with a splendid singing voice, Rubinstein excels as he is joined by, amongst others, Lloyd Maines, David Mansfield and Sara K, especially on the many beautiful ballads.” Eric van Domburg Scipio, Heaven Magazine December, 2010
- Excerpt from Donald Rubinstein’s Works of Art
” …Donald Rubinstein, a man to whom conformity is as much an anathema as a crucifix is to a vampire, or an art critic is to a painter. Preferring to color his own work with relatively smaller ensembles, experimental jazz, exotic instruments, haunting voices and instantly memorable themes. Rubinstein’s novel cinematic approach…distinguished by a singular ‘indie’ voice-a cool, rebellious vibe developed long before that term was fashionable, a hypnotic sound…” “Donald Rubinstein’s Works of Art” by Daniel Schweiger
- Stepbridge Studios Acquisitions
Stepbridge (Recording) Studios in Santa Fe, NM purchases two artworks by Donald, November, 2009.
- When She Kisses The Ship On His Arm Review in Adobe Airstream
“WHEN SHE KISSES THE SHIP ON HIS ARM,” on Bare Bones Records, Donald’s latest CD of 13 original ballads, Featuring: Terry Allen, Craig Eastman, Sharon Gilchrist, Ron Helman and Hank Roberts…NEW REVIEW:
“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. His music is inspirational and at the same time melancholy, and he wields his original tonal creations like a true master hitting you where you weren’t looking. Folk, jazz, rock, classical, this dude can do it all. His music is three dimensional. You can touch it and it will touch you back…His prolific discography is something you should take the time to explore, to discover the genius landscape that Donald Rubinstein has sculpted over the last few decades…a piece of audio artistry that will be stuck in your cars CD player til about late November until that one annoying friend of yours will ask to listen to Christmas music. But it’s okay cuz once they get out you will just put Rubinstein’s CD back into the player. “WHEN SHE KISSES THE SHIP ON HIS ARM” is a collection of 13 very important songs. This is the first time I ever used the word “important” to describe an album. You need to hear these songs…” August 10, 2009 Groovey, Adobe Airstream: the online magazine for citizens of culture
Full review at:
- Ed Harris Collaboration
Donald and Ed Harris pen “Ain’t Nothin’ Like a Friend,” for the soundtrack APPALOOSA CD (Lakeshore Records), and DVD, for the Ed Harris directed feature film. Performed by Donald Rubinstein.
- Lies in Film
“Lies,” a cut from Donald’s CD, CIRCUS BOY is being included in the upcoming feature film, “Dirty Step, Upstage” directed by Amber Moelter.
- When She Kisses The Ship On His Arm Release
Donald completes his 17th full length CD, “When She Kisses The Ship On His Arm,” with projected release date April, 2009 on Bare Bones Records. The follow-up CD, “Strange Eye,” currently in production.
- Two New Soundtracks
Donald’s scores For George A. Romero’s “Martin” “One of the Top 100 Coolest Film Scores of All Time.” Mojo, 2002,
and “The Unused Score For Pollock” on Perseverance Records.
“Martin and Pollock both represent the striking musical vision of composer Donald Rubinstein…His novel cinematic approach is distinguished by a singular “indie” voice-a cool, rebellious vibe developed long before that term was fashionable, a hypnotic sound that joins the outcast characters of Martin and Pollock almost 25 years apart.”
“Donald Rubinstein’s Works of Art” by Daniel Schweiger
- KNIGHTRIDERS on Perseverance Records
“The first OFFICIAL release of Donald’s seminal score for George A. Romero’s KNIGHTRIDERS is now out on Perseverance Records! www.perseverancerecords.com. Featuring soloists Bill Frisell, Eddie Daniels, Gordon Gottlieb, Peter Gordon and John Faddis. Daniel Schweiger, IF Magazine Score Picks:’ ONE OF THE TOP SOUNDTRACKS TO OWN FOR OCTOBER, 2008 IF Magazine
What is it: Donald Rubinstein followed up his jazz vampire score for George Romero’s MARTIN with an equally alternative rock-orchestral score. “Medieval” scoring has never been more different than for the director’s Renaissance Faire-on-motorcycle-steeds flick.
Why should you buy it?: Never before officially released, KNIGHTRIDERS soundtrack promos used to go for hundreds of dollars. Now here’s the complete score at a far more than affordable cost.”