Unpinnable Butterflies is the overarching project name for songwriter and film composer Gabriel Judet-Weinshel (also a filmmaker under that original moniker).
A Paste Recommends artist and Starbucks-featured songwriter, his first record on indie imprint sonaBLAST! Records (New York/Louisville), “The Exile of Saint Christopher,” was produced by Conan O’Brien’s Scott Healy and featured Bakithi Kumalo of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” and folk-rock sensation Brett Dennen. Gabriel’s songs have played nationally on Fuse’s “Live From Bonnaroo,” on the TV series “In Between Men,” and in the independent film “Where Hope Grows.” Ian Mathers of the Village Voice writes, “He’s got one of those malleable voices that can sound a bit like everyone from David Byrne to Ed Harcourt, but always mostly like himself.”
Gabriel’s upcoming record and second collaboration with Healy, “Radio Ocean”—a sprawling and raucous affair featuring guest appearances by Birds of Chicago, Grace Kelly, Jessica Childress, Kate Tucker, Perla Batalla, and Danny Clinch—will be released in early 2021.
As a composer who culls from jazz, classical, and electronica traditions, Gabriel’s music can be heard in the feature narrative film 7 Splinters in Time, in the Netflix documentary From Baghdad to Brooklyn, and in television and web commercials. In normal times, he can be seen playing live in various formations and collaborations, most recently with his jazz trio Max Gabriel and the Broken Ribs, where the group was the house band at New York’s Soho House for many years. He is hard at work on a cinema-musical.