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Besingende Gedálland

Besingende Gedálland are Callum Coomber and Mark Reid Bulatovič. We are musicians based in Suffolk and Edinburgh respectively. 

Our duo's name comes from the Anlgo-Saxon words besingan, meaning to sing about, charm, enchant and gedálland meaning common land. Together, we have interpreted these words as 'singing land' with connotations of enchantment and shared space.

We have chosen to use Anglo-Saxon words, as the language was spoken across our shared east coast, reaching only as far north as Edinburgh at around 800AD.

Callum Coomber is a classical guitarist, performer and composer interested in landscapes, micro-tonality and psychoacoustics. In 2018 he became a Britten-Pears funded artist after being accepted onto the Composition, Alternative Performance and Performance Art course at Snape Maltings. He has played at various events like the VIRTUALLY REALITY, Decontamination, Kinetic, CLAC and PRiSM concert series; the Enlighten Bury, New Music North West and Barnes Music festivals; the Bridgwater Hall, the Lowry, Villa Massimo in Rome, RNCM Concert Hall and for the Hull UK City of Culture Celebrations. Callum has worked alongside artists like Markus Stockhausen, Mauricio Pauly, Eyvind Gulbrandsen, Catherine Kontz, and the ensemble Psappha. He is the co-director for the Manchester based events series VIRTUALLYREALITY and a member of the new music ensemble SHOAL.

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Mark Reid Bulativič is a guitarist and composer from Slovenia and Scotland. He recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a first class degree in classical guitar performance, and has studied with notable figures such as: Craig Ogden, Tom McKinney, Phillip Thorne (guitar); David Horne, Larry Goves (composition); Petr Prause and Melinda Maxwell (chamber music). Notable performances in the UK include St. Martin in the fields chamber music competition (semi-final), Todmorden Orchestra (concerto soloist), Barnes music festival, RNCM concert hall, Perth Concert hall, the Queens hall and Whitworth Art Gallery (Bergen Opera).
Aside from classical music, Mark also enjoys exploring folk-music with his band, Fiddlers on the Ramp, who garnered five-star reviews and a completely sold-out run at the 2019 Edinburgh fringe festival. Performances with the band have ranged from busking on the streets of Edinburgh to performing in some of the most prestigious concert halls in Scotland.