Harold Rubin was born in South Africa on Friday 13th, May 1932. He studied classical clarinet from the age of 16, although his main interest was in jazz. At age 18 he started playing at the Skyline night club In Johanesburg with Dulcy Ryder, and formed his quartette, performing the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Benny Goodman. They also performed at the Odin Cinema in the ghetto Sophiatown, before it was bulldozed and the citizens moved to Sowetto.
Rubin emigrated to Israel in 1963, after being tried for blasphemy for
an art work named "My Jesus." He was interested in original
music and had difficulty finding musicians to collaborate with, so he
performed very little and stopped playing for 12 years. At the end of
1979 he started playing again and in 1985 formed Zaviot with Mark Smulian,
Reuven Hoch, and Tommy Belman, playing original music. The group achieved
success in Israel and Europe. In 1989 he became interested in total improvised
music and has been involved in the process of developing the music wherever
it takes him. He performs with small groups and is a member of the Tel
Aviv Art Ensemble.