“Eleanor Dubinsky bravely finds her own way and is willing to take risks. Her songs are filled with joy and desire, but also personal reflections exploring the fragile links between human emotions and responsibility. She always finds a perfect balance between burning passion and understatement - and consistently, her message is supported by crisp musical ideas...her strongest weapon is her voice: a warm, flexible and very feminine tool expressing her stories, not ego.”
Eleanor Dubinsky is “a multilingual musician who can capture the emotions and soul of a community in a song.” (NPR). A vocalist, guitarist and cellist, Eleanor Dubinsky's music lives at the tender edge where jazz, world and pop sensibilities meet emotionally forthright songwriting. Hailing from St. Louis, MO and based in NYC, her sound reflects and celebrates both her mid-western roots and the formative time she has spent in South America, Western and Central Europe, Portugal and Cape Verde. Singing in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, Eleanor and her multi-faceted band bring open-hearted authentic cultural fluency to dynamic compositions that explore the fragile links between human emotions and responsibility. In the words of journalist Tom Pryor, expect "a joyous, uplifting and deeply generous performance...this is music as medicine for your soul."
Watch the EPK video of Eleanor's most recent album Soft Spot Of My Heart here.
Eleanor has made many festival appearances including Lincoln Center's Boro Linc: La Casita, Philadelphia International Festival For The Arts at the Kimmel Center, Levitt At The Falls (Sioux Falls, SD), 4 + 4 Days In Motion Festival in Prague and the Puerto Morelos Music Festival (Mexico), and has performed at nationally recognized venues including Joe’s Pub, World Cafe Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum. She has also performed in Costa Rica, Portugal, France, Guatemala, Cape Verde, Greece, the Czech Republic, Uruguay and Senegal, collaborating with notable artists including Les Freres Guisse (Senegal), Dino D’Santiago (Portugal/Cape Verde) and El David Aguilar (MX). Eleanor’s music has been featured on MTV, Lifetime and Animal Planet, ads for American Express and on NPR.
Eleanor's creative roots are in classical cello, which she began studying at the age of three. She holds a BA in Educational Studies from Brown University focusing on art and social change. She completed a program on the same subject with the School For International Training in Prague, Czech Republic and an Institute For Community Action Training with Gibney Dance which helps artists mobilize the arts as a vehicle for domestic violence prevention.
At the center of Eleanor’s artistic mission is using music as a means for empowering and amplifying marginalized voices and generating dialogue amongst diverse audiences. She is a US State Department Arts Envoy and a member of the 2020-21 Gibney Moving Toward Justice Cohort (a fellowship supporting artists working at the intersection of art and social justice). Via leading programs in Costa Rica, Argentina and Honduras, Eleanor has developed songwriting and professional development workshops for students of all ages in which she and local collaborators facilitate spaces for students to write and record original songs rooted in personal and community narratives.
The most recent iteration of Eleanor’s workshop concept is Ritmos Unidos (United Rhythms), a virtual, three-month deep dive into cultural heritage and hands-on creative practice with young artists from the Garifuna community in Honduras.
During the program (co-led with iconic Garifuna musician Aurelio Martinez) the students collectively wrote, co-produced and recorded two original songs: Tisanigu Africa (Children of Africa) and Haz La Diferencia! (Make The Difference!). ECA Arts Envoy and the Embassy have commissioned videos for both songs, soon available to the public. Ritmos Unidos will also be featured on NPR’s AltLatin on June 13, 2021.
In 2020 Eleanor created a new duo with Argentine guitar virtuoso Dario Acosta Teich, with whom she has performed over 100 virtual and in-person concerts of jazz, Latin, French and popular music. Since May 2020, the duo has performed online concerts for performing arts centers, elementary schools, the US Embassy Tegucigalpa, healthcare workers and an international public.
Eleanor has released three CDs to date: Touch The Sky (2011), Listen To The Music (2012) and Soft Spot of My Heart (2018). In spring 2021, Eleanor, Frank and Sally Ponzio released Remember Me, a tribute to a mother recovering from losing her son to opioid addiction. Remember Me’s mission is to provide comfort for those directly affected by the loss of a loved one and to raise awareness of our addiction crisis. The songwriters have partnered with non-profits including Shatterproof and Emily’s Hope to support the organizations’ missions with their music.
“Quite simply, Soft Spot Of My Heart is a cerebral and enchanting album that has the capacity to captivate. It is full of melodic and memorable music which Eleanor Dubinsky delivers against a series of carefully crafted and polished arrangements. ...poignant, powerful and thought-provoking.”
““Then the voice - simple direct and honest. Its melody lifted me right out of the funk I'd been in...great production, spacious grooves and deep feeling all around!” ”