Alexander Rybak and TrondheimSolistene will have a New Year concert on Thursday in the cultural house in Frøya. We had a chat with the former Eurovision winner, who has gained a love for the people from Frøya.
– I’ve been here several times, but I especially remember the great concert in a circus tent at Mausund. People were so good at the sing along! And I also liked that the kids at Sistranda school were so clever listening when I played violin for them. The people from Frøya are culture-conscious people, says Rybak.
Will not arrive in a helicopter or a speedboat.
He has a penchant for the hardy people from Frøya, and looks forward to playing on the island again.
– I like the audience that always defies the weather. They are people who are very good when it comes to cohesion, he said.
The concert Rybak was going to hold at Sistranda School in 2010, was postponed. The reason was that he was going to fly to the island by helicopter, but was hampered by bad weather. Now he will arrive in another way.
– I’ll certainly not arrive in a helicopter or speedboat, as I did to Mausund. It will be calmer this time, since everything happens indoors.
Alexander Rybak has not poked forward so much in Norwegian media recently, but has been busy with several new projects.
– Although I enjoy various festivals at home and abroad, it is especially important for me to write new stuff. I’ve written a book and a musical about “Trolle og den magiske fela”. The book received good reviews and has sold well. There will also be a TV-game, and we will work on the musical, he says.
Rybak has also made it big abroad, and his song “Into a Fantasy” was included in the DreamWorks film “How to Train Your Dragon 2”. Rybak says he will focus on more videos.
– During last year I have had a hit in Russia called “Kotik” and now it has almost 50 million views on YouTube. And next year (2017) I’ll upload a lot on YouTube as well, because I love making videos.
Will surprise the audience
Although he has been busy with all his projects, it is still the music that is important for Rybak. Therefore he looks forward to the concert with the TrondheimSolistene.
– I have long had a future plan to go do more and more classic music again. It was, after all what I planned before I took a little detour with MGP. TrondheimSolistene are downright good musicians. Also I am very glad that I get the opportunity to play together with my beloved teacher Geir Inge Lotsberg.
– What are you going to play?
– I love to surprise the audience with virtuoso stunts on the violin, and the more surprises the better. So I just want to welcome everyone to the concert, this I look forward too!
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