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The UNDOCUMENTED Tale of Dr. G

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The UNDOCUMENTED Tale of Dr. G is a music theatre piece that tells a story of a composer who’s been buried in history for almost a century. Only known as Dr. G by now, he was probably the most innovative, experimental composer who engaged with such concepts as improvisation, alternative musical notation/conduction and integration of live art within musical composition and performance advanced to any known figures in music history. QUBe will perform his scores alongside the biographical narrative of Dr. G.


Gavin in South-Korea

Gavin is a musician from Dublin, who lived in South-Korea working as English teacher. Being a professional composer and improviser, he not only got actively involved in the South-Korean experimental music scene in his off-time, but he also conducted research into the music history of the country, with particular passion to discover lesser known music. Along the way, he learnt of Dr. G , by now only known to very few specific people who actually studied with him or performed his pieces in 1930s and 40s.

Who is Dr. G?

Dr. G was born around 1900. Coming from an aristocratic family, he had the opportunity to pursue higher education in literature and arts in Japan. When he returned to Korea in late 1920s, he started a school for non-privileged children, at which he also acted as a teacher. Out of his desire to teach music to the pupils of his school who possessed neither instruments nor skills to read musical score, he began to compose music that anyone without means can perform, but would be still engaging to the listeners.

After Gavin’s Return to Ireland

Dr. G disappeared under mysterious circumstances without leaving any clear evidence of his existence, let alone his musical legacy. Gavin who managed to gather descriptions of Dr. G’s scores from his former students and colleagues while he was in South-Korea forwarded them to Una, a South-Korean native musician currently based in Belfast. They reconstructed the scores in collaboration, which were workshopped and rehearsed by the Belfast-based experimental ensemble QUBe for the first ever portrait concert of Dr. G.

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