Category Archives: Articles 2014

Grandmother of Alexander Rybak told about her grandson

 Grandmother of Alexander Rybak, in Vitebsk, told about her grandson to the reporter of “Vitbichy”

Published: 6.3.2014.
Source: vitbichi.by Text and photos: Natalya Drozdova
Translated from Russian by Mónika Menyhért

I went to visit the grandmother of Sasha Rybak, a charming Norwegian guy with Belarusian roots, who wasn’t famous when waking up that day, but  he was when falling asleep on the night of his triumphant victory with the piercing song Fairytale at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 in Moscow. Maya Borisovna watched her grandson’s performance on television exactly in this apartment on Chernyakhovsky Avenue in Vitebsk, along with her sister Natasha, and … she is thinking back now:

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Alexander Rybak will continue to work with the group “Milki”

Alexander Rybak’s group Milki, which he created specifically with the intentions of competing in “Eurovision-2015”, will continue its existence. Although the girls won’t be representing Belarus at the prestigious music contest, the Norwegian singer is already preparing a second song for this team of girls.

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Alexander Rybak: I’m very happy that I have the strength to accomplish many different projects.

Yesterday, the National Culture Palace,“Ukraine”, held a huge Christmas/New Year show with the participation of many of the best stage stars. During the show, Alexander Rybak gave us an exclusive interview.

– Everyone is waiting for the new year now. Many are summing up this year’s experiences,remembering important events that filled up this year. Tell us, what do you remember the most? 
Continue reading Alexander Rybak: I’m very happy that I have the strength to accomplish many different projects.

Alexander in the official anthem “Live It” for WC for Men’s Handball in Qatar 2015

Alexander takes part in the anthem “Live It”

The performance of the song on the opening show can now be watched here

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Alexander is one of the 24 artists who takes part in the official anthem for World Championship  handball in Qatar 2015.  He is representing  Belarus, who participates in the WC with their national team. Read more about this unique project that brought together 24 musicians and artists from around the world to create the official song of the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship on 2015 Hanball’s website.

Article in Norwegian press: TV2.no, translated with googlish here.

In this video Alexander talks about the importance of classical music as a solid grounding for any musician. Pablo Lopez from Spain talks about the importance of sharing in an artists career. The culmination is a beautiful, spontaneous, improvisation between the two on the violin and piano. Video by Jim Shreim. Found by Ulli C. 

The lyrics, free download for mp3 and several exclusive ringtones you will find here  

Lyrics of the song have been provided by Amir Teima and Shady Ahmed, and the music is composed by the Norwegian Sveinung S Nygaard.

Continue reading Alexander in the official anthem “Live It” for WC for Men’s Handball in Qatar 2015

Online broadcast of the first round of the Belarusian national selection for “Eurovision-2015”, December 4-5

Alexander Rybak’s Belarusian group “Milki” will participate in the first round  of the Belarusian national selection for “Eurovision-2015” on December 4 or 5. The audition can be watched online via the Internet.

Live broadcast of the national qualifying auditions of the International Song Contest “Eurovision-2015” will be organized for the first time this year on the official website of Belteleradiocompany www.tvr.by

Continue reading Online broadcast of the first round of the Belarusian national selection for “Eurovision-2015”, December 4-5

Alexander Rybak on the Praising of Children’s Skills, in VG-weekend 1.11.14

DIAGNOSIS: CHILDREN ADDICTED TO PRAISE

Norwegian parents over-praise their children.
What happens when these youngsters grow up and the applause dies down?

Source: paper issue of VG-Helg

An article in VG Weekend 1.11.2014 writes about the issue regarding how many parents praise their children too often, and discusses the problems these “Golden Children” may face once they grow up. Alexander is one of the celebrities who is asked for his opinion concerning this subject. Here’s what he said:

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Alexander Rybak (28) Violinist and Eurovision winner

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Interview with Alexander Rybak from the photo session with girls from his Belarusian group “Milki”

Rybak’s “girls” arranged a white-red-white photo session.

“Belteleradiokompania” has stopped accepting applications on November 21 from the participants in the Eurovision 2015 national selection. 

We will find out at the beginning of December who will make it to the finals. For now, musicians have been furtively sending packages with documents and recorded songs to the organizing committee. Alexander Rybak openly plans to conquer not just Belarusians but all of Europe.

Onliner.by attended the music group photo session, and found out from the Eurovision 2009 winner what the song will be about and how they plan to surprise the jury and the audience.

Continue reading Interview with Alexander Rybak from the photo session with girls from his Belarusian group “Milki”

Alexander Rybak in Charity concert for Mercy Ships

Videos from the concert uploaded to AlexanderRybakVideo

Highlights from the the preparation for the concert, some of the speech during the concert and some songs by Alexander.

Article below

Published on the website of the Norwegian newspaper Dagen.no 20.11.2014 . Translation by Jorunn E.
http://www.dagen.no/Inspirasjon/sykehusskip/Merchy-Ships-samlet-over-1000-til-konsert-137522 

Mercy Ships gathered over a 1000 people

Erling Natvig in Mercy Ships hoped for a miracle when they invited people to a concert with tickets costing a thousand NOK each. Over a thousand people showed up at Grieghallen on Monday evening, which the head of the organisation was satisfied with.

We don`t know the final result yet, but we`ll get a fantastic surplus, he says.

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Performed for free

Alexander Rybak was one of the artists that performed for free for Mercy Ships. He writes in a text message that he likes to work with nice people and that Natvig did a great job explaining the concept to him.

Natvig said before the concert that the contact with Rybak was established at an airport. They had never met before, but Natvig was bold and got in touch. Three hours later he got an SMS from the artist where he asked for an e-mail.

Mercy Ships had to change course because of the Ebola epidemic.

For free 

Rybak writes that the concert went even better than he had expected and that he particularly enjoyed playing together with Ung Symfoni.

Several artists performed for free for Mercy Ships, Carl Espen Thorbjørnsen, Josefin Winther and Roda Achieng. In addition to Ung Symfoni a group of 40 strings from 9-11 years old took part too.

Will there be a concert in Bergen next year too?
I think so. One of the important things for us is to make the work known. In Bergen we, among other things, got to meet a company that wants to give some of their proceeds to our work. This is how we see the effect of the concert right away.

Old concept 

The concept isn’t new. Five years ago the organisation held a charity concert with artists like A-ha and Secret Garden, to mention just a few. Last year they missed 2000 NOK to get 1 million NOK in surplus in an evening in Kristiansand.

Will the ticket always cost a thousand NOK?
It’s the price we normally charge. We do it a bit a bit differently from others, the artists get nothing and we get a lot. I think that`s fun for them,too.

Around 50 volunteers participated in connection with the concert, for which Natvig is very grateful.

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A little fan report.

It was a great atmosphere and a well visited concert hall. People had gathered to support a good cause and enjoy the music. Alexander first did a session with the pianist Stefan Zlatanos including “Hungarian Suite”,  “Clair de Lune” and “Jealous”. Later he came back for a session with Ung Symfoni (youth symphony orchestra). My highlight was hearing him play Viva la Vida with a full orchestra. For the finale the very cute and young little musicians joined in for “Roll with the wind” and “Fairytale”.

Wish I had brought a camera instead of an old phone, here are some clips from the concert.                                                                                     Hilde M

Malta 2015: How Franklin came to his Rybak song

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Alexander Rybak is back – Namely in Malta! Franklin Calleja who has already been present at the preliminary decision for Copenhagen will sing a Rybak-ballad next weekend with the aim to travel to Vienna in May 2015: “Still here” is a classical ESC-ballad which in the course of three minutes rises to a big climax. We certainly want to know how that the Rybak-Calleja-Connection came about.

Continue reading Malta 2015: How Franklin came to his Rybak song

The girls in Alexander’s Belarusian band

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Alexander with his girls band. The picture is from his official Instagram

Alexander Rybak, who was recently traveling around and auditioning in Belarus, has picked his girl band, which will compete for the right to travel to Eurovision 2015. On his FaceBook page, the musician has posted a video where he announced the names of the winners. “Znamenka” found out the girls’ reactions to the news, how they made it into Rybak’s quintet and also what they will have to go through to make their dreams come true.

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Alexander Rybak – auditions in Belarus for the national selection of ESC 2015

Alexander Rybak will take part in the national selection for ESC in Belarus as a composer with the song “My accent”. The song will be performed by a girl band, and Alexander has been in Belarus for some days to have auditions in 4 cities across the country: Mogilev, Minsk, Grodno and Brest. There has been a lot of interest both for the auditions and from the media, and Alexander has been on several morning TV-shows, and radio shows, and given many interviews. Our Russians translators are the case. 🙂

Here  is an English version of the interview in the TV-show “Morning. Studio of Good Mood” on channel CTV.

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Winner of 2009 Eurovision Song Contest Alexander Rybak preparing Belarusian representative for 2015 competition

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Alexander Rybak will prepare the participants for the Belarusian national selection for “Eurovision 2015”

Alexander invites talented girls to the casting for competing  in the national selection for “Eurovision 2015”!

AR: Dear countrymen, you know that I’m a big fan of Eurovision and I’m a big fan of Belarus, so I invite you all to the local auditions for my song for the national selection. Good luck. Yours Sasha Rybak.

Article was published on sb.by 11.10.2014.

Author: Juliana Leonovich. Photo: “SB”

Translation by Sonya Luzina. English revision by Bita Janz.

Alexander Rybak is in an active searching process. No, the winner of “Eurovision-2009” has no plans to look for his ladylove. This time, all thoughts of the 28-year-old musician are dedicated entirely to his new projects: the other day, he announced the all-Belarusian casting for a new girl band. Newfound Norwegian Meladze (a famous Ukrainian composer and producer) and his team will personally tour around cities and villages to find the most beautiful and strong-voiced Belarusian girls. In addition to Rybak’s patronage, these girls are promised one more substantial stake: this spring, the new girl band will go to Vienna to conquer the sixtieth anniversary of the “Eurovision Song Contest 2015”. 

Continue reading Alexander Rybak will prepare the participants for the Belarusian national selection for “Eurovision 2015”

Alexander Rybak – Interview in Se&Hør 10.10.2014

Alexander Rybak is not ready to settle down

“I would not wish for anyone to be my girlfriend”

Source: Se&Hør 10.10.2014. Author: Marius Kromvoll. Photo: Se&Hør, NRK.

Translated by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Bita Janz

Heartbreaker - Alexander Rybak, who is currently focused on "The Hit", thinks that any potential girlfriends will have to endure some negative experiences.
Heartbreaker – Alexander Rybak, who is currently focused on “The Hit”, thinks that any potential girlfriends will have to endure some negative experiences.

 

The pop star is a bachelor and believes that female fans are partly to blame. 

On new adventures
This week, Alexander Rybak (28) is ready for a duel with Trine Rein (43) in NRK’s new concept “The Hit”. Love, on the contrary, unfortunately has to wait.

– I can’t have a girlfriend. Or rather, I shouldn’t say that for certain. But becoming my girlfriend means getting a lot of harassment from many other girls, and I would not wish that for anyone, Alexander tells Se & Hør. Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Interview in Se&Hør 10.10.2014

Alexander Rybak – Hungry and single – Interview in Amta 10.10.2014

Alexander Rybak is working on his biggest project ever. A story about a troll who plays violin and hide in the forest.
– The freedom to do what I want, is both the best and the worst, says the still single artist.

Text to the main photo: Home-loving: – Nesodden means two things for me. Family and Thomas. They are two important factors in my identity. Mom and Dad reminds me of how ambitious I am, while Thomas reminds me how great guy I am, and how much fun I can have with a best friend.

A meeting with our man in the fame industry

Source: Amta.no /paper issue 10.10.14.  Author: Ann-Turid Ford. Photo: Ruben Skarsvåg

Translated by Tessa La. Revision by Anni Jowett.

ON THE DOOR BELL PANEL on Bryggetorget at Aker Brygge there is no “Alexander Rybak”. A Russian-sounding name is, so I try that one, but no one opens the door. Then comes the 28-year-old with long strides across the town square. Tall and dark and slender and handsome, with a brown McDonalds bag in his hand.

– I removed the nameplate because there were so many people ringing the bell, he explains.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Hungry and single — Interview in Amta 10.10.2014

Alexander Rybak – Interview in VG Weekend 04.10.14

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Alexander Rybak (28) doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night because of heartbreak anymore. Now he dreams about sharing his life with a mind reader.

Read the whole “In Bed” interview in English here

Alexander Rybak – orchestra seminar and concert at Rena, Norway

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The students from both Porsgrunn and Hedmark show some of what they learnt from Rybak.

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Source: Porsgrunn Dagblad 24.9.14 Author: Andreas Bjerløv Karlsen. Photo: Thomas Westling. Found by Ulli C, translated by Jorunn Ekre, revision Anni Jowett.

Not everyone gets to perform with the one and only Alexander Rybak. But about 30 students from Porsgrunn string orchestra can brag about this now.  Continue reading Alexander Rybak — orchestra seminar and concert at Rena, Norway

Alexander Rybak – Bachelor worth NOK 8 million

The musician Alexander Rybak (28) has his debut as a host on the radio NRK Klassisk tomorrow morning at 9 am. He will be on TV in “The Hit” on NRK in October.

Source: dagsavisen.no Author: Geir Rakvaag. Photo: Anne Liv Ekroll/NRK

Translation: Jorunn Ekre, Revision Anni Jowett

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What will it be like to be a host in  “Min Favorittmusikk” (My favourite Music) on NRK Klassisk? 
-This is the perfect programme for me where I can try out the role as a host. It’s classical music, my audience get to know me through new stories and I have enough time to prepare each programme.

 Is it the classical music that is closest to your heart? 
-It’s the music I grew up with. I notice when pop composers are educated in classical music, and when they just try out stuff without any background. Big difference. Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Bachelor worth NOK 8 million

Alexander Rybak – interviews – Allsang på Grensen 2014

Alexander Rybak was a guest-host at the Norwegian sing-along TV-show “Allsang på Grensen”, broadcasted on TV2 Thursday 7th of August. Here your can read two interviews from two local news papers, Halden Arbeiderblad and Fredrikstad Blad.

Source: Halden Arbeiderblad  Author: Tiril Vik Nordeide Photo: Stein Johnsen

Found by Kaja Jasińska, translated by Jorunn Ekre, revised by Anni Jowett

Alexander Rybak og Kathrine Moholt Allsang på Grensen

Duo:Katrine Moholt and Alexander Rybak charmed everyone

Rybak brought along the young ones

It`s great fun being able to perform with such a capable violinist like Alexander Rybak, said Lars Narvestad (14) after having performed in front of more than 4300 people at the castle.

I had the opportunity to do something big when I was quite young, and if I have the chance to give that other young people I will, said Alexander Rybak.

He doesn’t hide the fact that he’s impressed with Lars and the other eight people who got to perform.

For me it`s very important to show what you stand for and I think it`s important that young, capable musicians get some attention, too. Continue reading Alexander Rybak — interviews — Allsang på Grensen 2014

Alexander Rybak in “THE HIT” 2014 on NRK TV

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Today it was revealed that Alexander Rybak is one of the 14 famous artists that will take part in NRK’s new  music concept this autumn. The show will be broadcasted 8 Fridays in a  row starting 5th of September and ending with a grand final the 24th of october.  If you want to be in the audience, click here to book tickets, and chose the actual show date.

You can follow The Hit on Instagram here, Facebook here and Twitter here

You can read more about the concept, show dates, list of songwriters, their songs, the artists and details about the broadcasting on this page “THE HIT”.

The list of the artist that will take part in the show:

 

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  • Atle Pettersen
  • Maria Haukaas Mittet
  • D.D.E.
  • Trine Rein
  • Alexander Rybak
  • Maria Arredondo
  • Vidar Busk
  • Helene Bøksle
  • Alexander With
  • Jørn Hoel
  • Åge Sten Nilsens Ammunition
  • Venke Knutson
  • A1

source:NRK.no

Source last picture posted: instagram.com/ronnieartistpartner

Alexander Rybak – Celebration of Igor Rybak’s 60th anniversary 15.06.2014

A MEMORY FOR LIFE

Source: paper issue of “Se&Hør. Author: Asbjørn Vederhus. Photo:Tore Skaae.  Found by TessaLa. Translated by Jorunn Ekre. Revision by Anni Jowett

Alexander Rybak and Igor Rybak
“It’s the best gift I could ever get. I’m so touched said Dad Igor, after the big party concert his son had arranged.” Good tone: Alexander and Igor dad have a close relationship and are both very musical

Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Celebration of Igor Rybak’s 60th anniversary 15.06.2014

Article and videos: Alexander Rybak at the educational centre of Chelyabinsk’s CTRP, Russia, 22.07.2014

The article published on 22.07.2014 on www.pervouralsk.ru

Source: InterraTV.

English translation by Zhanna Sergueeva. English revision by Anni Jowett.

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Alexander Rybak has mastered the PlayStation of metallurgists.

Alexander Rybak has mastered the PlayStation of white metallurgists and found where the iPad is sharpened. Recently the winner of “Eurovision” visited the educational centre of CTRP (Chelyabinsk Tube Rolling Plant), where he had a tour and even got to sit at a student desk. However the musician and singer still doesn’t wish to learn the profession of metallurgist while noting: “But I’m glad they (metallurgists) exist.” And the educational centre, Alexander Rybak compared it to “Jurassic Park”, “I see that many doors are closed to us, it is exactly like in Jurassic Park. If suddenly the electricity stops working here, then suddenly all the doors will open and all the students will run to us. “

Alexander appeared to be down-to-earth and fun to chat with – the guest star acquainted with the students with ease, generously giving out hugs, autographs and made pictures with those who were willing. However, the idol asked tough questions – such as whether the students wash their white metallurgists uniform themselves. Continue reading Article and videos: Alexander Rybak at the educational centre of Chelyabinsk’s CTRP, Russia, 22.07.2014

Article and video: Alexander Rybak at the charity presentation of his new video in Vitebsk, Belarus

The article published on 11.07.2014 on gorodvitebsk.by

Author: Karina Shlapakova. 

Found by Ulli Cologne. Translation by Zhanna Sergueeva. English revision by Anni Jowett.

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Alexander Rybak at the presentation of his new video in Vitebsk

On July 11 a charity presentation of the animated movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2” attached to the release of the new video of Alexander Rybak took place in Vitebsk .

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Interview with Alexander in the Russian weekly magazine “OK!”, 03.07.2014

 

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A Stranger

Moscow. The end of June. It is + 10 C on the street. Alexander Rybak came to the meeting in a thin T-shirt. “We had snow in Norway two weeks ago, so I am used to the cold”. He has also got used to the constant attention which falls on him after winning the Eurovision Song Contest. Since then five years have passed and Alexander has written a lot of songs and travelled to almost 70 countries. And now he is reaping the benefits of his success – Rybak is the composer of a soundtrack on the popular Hollywood cartoon “How to Train Dragon 2”, and can be proud of it!

Source:  OK! Published  03.07.2014 in the issue No. 27 (395)Author: Vadim Vernik. Photo: Vanja Berezkin.

Translation by Valeriya Platonova, Zhanna Sergueeva and Maria Solntseva. English revision by Anni Jowett.

Sasha, how did it happen that you entered into Hollywood so elegantly? Did the producers invite you?
Nobody invited me. I just wrote a song and realised that it is perfect for the animation. I’ve worked on the first and second parts of the animation for Norway (main hero Hiccup speaks with voice of Alexander). At my own expense I rented a studio, recorded the melody and sent it to the company “DreamWorks” although only 2.5 months remained prior to the international release of the animation. I knew that I had little chance, they may not even want to hear my song. Especially the Americans, it means nothing to them. And suddenly the answer is: “Of course, Alexander, we know who you are”. I was delighted, although they also wrote that everything was ready, and there was no need for the song, but they certainly will listen my melody. I decided not to wait for the outcome, I was just happy and considered it like a personal victory – the main thing I took a chance. However, after a week and a half they called me and said that the composition is very nice, and in spite of the late terms, they want to use the song. In the end I felt happy, and my song plays in the final credits of the animation. In some countries it is released on the soundtrack disc. The compositions of John Powell are gathered there, and my song is the last track. Continue reading Interview with Alexander in the Russian weekly magazine “OK!”, 03.07.2014

Alexander Rybak interview in VG 06.07.2014

Alexander Rybak and Thomas Værnes tell about their close friendship in the paper issue of VG 06.07.2014

Author: Line Orfjell
Photos: Trond Solberg

Found by Ulli Cologne/Venche Mellemstrand. Translated by TessaLa. Revised by Anni Jowett.

THANKS, THOMAS!

Rybak and his best friend helped each other against the bullies at school

Keep in touch: It has been a busy time for Alexander lately. It’s therefore especially good to relax with his best friend at home on the couch. Tonight it’s video games and the World Championship in football on the program.  Continue reading Alexander Rybak interview in VG 06.07.2014

Alexander Rybak – Promo tour in Belgium for “Into a Fantasy”

Alexander Rybak’s interviews and TV-show appearances from the promo tour in Belgium for his new music video “Into a Fantasy”, soundtrack for DreamWorks Animation’s movie “How to Train you Dragon 2”

Interview in the largest Belgian newspaper “Het Laatste Nieuws” about Alexander Rybak and ‘Into a Fantasy’.

Article provided and translated by Olivier VanHoutte. Revised by Anni Jowett.

Eurovison winner ALEXANDER RYBAK made the soundtrack.

There is life after the Eurovision Song Contest. Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Promo tour in Belgium for “Into a Fantasy”

Alexander Rybak – Interview on Eurovision.be about “Into a Fantasy”

“I’m an old talent” – Alexander Rybak interviewed by Eurovision.be 29.06.2014.

Provided and translated by Olivier Vanhoutte and revised by Anni JowettLink to original interview here.

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Alexander Rybak : “I’m an old talent”

Five years after his victory at the Eurovision Song Contest, Alexander Rybak tours again around Europe. This time to promote the movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2″, and his song on the soundtrack “Into a Fantasy”. The Eurovision victory was the beginning of everything. “Fairytale” is my business card, “says the 28-year-old singer.
“In countries where I am not so well known, people point at me and sing “Fairytale” without knowing my name. The song is more famous than I am, but I find that good.” The classically trained musician just wanted to escape from classical music when he won the Eurovision Song Contest. He looks back with satisfaction to his victory, but remains very calm underneath: “In this business you need to be happy with the chances you get and stay loyal to yourself.” Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Interview on Eurovision.be about “Into a Fantasy”

Article: Interview with Alexander Rybak about his music video Into A Fantasy on Russian website, 24.06.2014

Article published on RIA.RU on 24.06.2014

Author: Anna Gorbashova. Photo: Michael Fomichev

Translation by Zhanna Sergueeva. English Revision by Anni Jowett.


ФОТО РЫБАК

Alexander Rybak: Music video “Into a Fantasy” is about friendship and mutual understanding

The correspondent of “RIA Novosti” Anna Gorbashova spoke with the musician, who visited the capital during the promo tour of the video for the song “Into a Fantasy”, about music, “New Maidan”, politics and Conchita Wurst.

The winner of “Eurovision-2009″, violinist, composer and singer Alexander Rybak is the author of the soundtrack “Into a Fantasy” for the second part of the popular animated film “How to Train Your Dragon”, released in cinemas in Russia on 12thJune . The correspondent of “RIA Novosti” Anna Gorbashova spoke with the musician, who visited the capital during the promo tour of the video for the song “Into a Fantasy”, about music, “New Maidan”, politics and Conchita Wurst. Continue reading Article: Interview with Alexander Rybak about his music video Into A Fantasy on Russian website, 24.06.2014

Outdoor concerts in Kirkenær and Fagernes, Norway, 20-21.06.2014.

Article about the concert in Fagernes was published on www.oa.no 23.06.2014.

Author and photographer: Ingvar Skattebu

Translation by Tessa Lande. Revision by Anni Jowett

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Popular: Alexander Rybak is  popular in Valdres. 400-500 came to listen and watch him at Briskeby on Saturday noon.

 Alexander Rybak: “I have a special relationship to Valdres”

The people in Valdres love Alexander Rybak. And the feelings are mutual.

– I’ve been here on Valdres Sommersymfoni since I was … well … 12 years, maybe? Says Alexander Rybak, who gathered a large audience for an outdoor concert in the centre of Fagernes.

Even in a hectic program, he found time for this concert at Fagernes. Rybak flew in from Ukraine the day before, played in Oslo, then Fagernes, and went straight from Fagernes to Moscow as the next destination.

Continue reading Outdoor concerts in Kirkenær and Fagernes, Norway, 20-21.06.2014.

Interview with Alexander Rybak about the DreamWorks’ animation movie “Dragetreneren 2”

Article from Filmmagasinet, issue 5/2014

Written by: the “Newroom”. Photo: Fox

Translation by Jorunn E. English Revision by Anni Jowett.

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Alexander and the Dragon

Alexander Rybak likes “Taken” and “Fatso” and dreams of a blockbuster movie about Ole Bull with himself in the main role. Now he is of current movie interest as the Norwegian voice of Hikken in “How to Train Your Dragon – 2”. We fired off some questions about dragons and other stuff.

Hi Alexander! What do you think of Hikken? Tell us a bit about the similarities and differences between you and him.

– We both enjoy overdoing facial expressions and both have cow eyes. But Hikken stutters a lot more because he is spontaneous. I think through every word I say. And that`s both an advantage and a disadvantage when you`re dubbing a movie, I often have to put on a different hat and step into the role a 100 %.

Continue reading Interview with Alexander Rybak about the DreamWorks’ animation movie “Dragetreneren 2”

Interview with Alexander Rybak about Kiev 18.06.2014.

Article was published on kiev.vgorode.ua

Author: Evgeniy Korovay

Translation by Julia B. Revision by Anni Jowett.

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We had a guest on our balcony – the winner of “Eurovision”, Alexander Rybak.

We were visited today by Alexander Rybak, the winner of “Eurovision – 2009”. Sasha is not a rare visitor in the capital of Ukraine, but we met for the first time. Vgorode took the opportunity to ask some questions. In particular we asked about Alexander’s favourite places in Kiev and about Maidan. The musician told us that he loves Kiev for the fact that, despite its status of metropolis, it is still a colourful and green city, it is not dusty like many other cities.

Continue reading Interview with Alexander Rybak about Kiev 18.06.2014.

Reviews of Alexander Rybak’s new song and video “Into a Fantasy”

Review by VG.no

Author: Stein Østbø

Tranlsation by Tessa Lande. Revision by Anni Jowett

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Alexander Rybak still sings about dreams, fantasies and adventures – with a rather familiar tone.

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“Into A Fantasy”
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There is something constantly uplifting and positive in the best and the most of what Alexander Rybak does. And so it is also in his new single “Into a Fantasy” which is derived from the sequel of the animated success “Dragetreneren”(How to Train Your Dragon” which has Norwegian premiere on July 4th.

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Alexander Rybak and Frikar reunion in Ål 31.05.2014

Author: Torunn Akersveen Lied
Photo: Sigmund Krøvel-Velle
Published: Hallingdolen.no 31.5.14

Translated by TessaLa. Revised by Anni Jowett

Rybak and Frikar topped the show at Ål on Saturday

Alexander Rybak and Frikar were on stage together again for the first time in four years. It really took off.

ålREUNION: Alexander Rybak and Frikar were together on stage for the first time in four years during the “Folkemusikkveka” on Saturday. From left: Torkjell Lunde Børsheim, Sigbjørn  Rua and Hallgrim Hansegård (in the air).

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Workshop in the MusikRum Festival, Vesteräs 22.05.14

Photo: Erik Mårtensson/Scanpix
Author: Åsa Johansson
Published: vlt.no 22.05.14
Translation by: Tessa Lande. Revised by: Anni Jowett

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A Eurovision celebrity in Västerås. Alexander Rybak is known for his enthusiastic fiddling, but also for his teaching interest.

This weekend, 2,000 children and young people are going to play, dance and sing together in Vesterås.

A certain fiddler Alexander Rybak is a sticky draw, says Karin Heintz, the project manager for this year’s Musikrumfestival in Västerås.

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Alexander Rybak answers a questionnaire in Azerbaijani magazine “Nargis”

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Alexander Rybak answers a questionnaire in Azerbaijani magazine “Nargis”

Name: Alexander Igorevich Rybak
Date of Birth: 13.05.1986
Place of Birth: Minsk
Occupation: Singer, violinist

A questionnaire  was published on  nargismagazine.az 19.05.2014.  Author: Nigar Magerramova Translation by Sonya Luzina. Revision by Katie Anderson

1. What is it like to work with children?

It is a pure pleasure.

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Alexander Rybak shoots new video music “Into A Fantasy” in Vestkapp 19.05.14

Video about the shooting of new music video. NRK.no, 20.05.2014

Uploaded by Venche M. English translation and subs by Tessa Lande. English revision by Katie Anderson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwkuuo0EWTw

Alexander Rybak was never in any doubt about where he was going to shoot his new music video.

Article published on NRK.on on 19.05.14
Photo and author: Silje Bårstad

Found by Ulli Cologne. Translation by Tessa Lande. Revision by Anni Jowett.

When Alexander Rybak was going to shoot his biggest music video so far for the single “Into A Fantasy”, he was never in any doubt about where. Namely at Vestkapp at Stad in Selje municipality.

– Everytime I am in this natural environment, I come up with something new and write new music,- says Rybak.

For example the Eurovision hit “Fairytale” was made when he visited Ålesund, and the song he won the “Kjempesjansen” with, was also written only a stones throw from Vestkapp.

– It’s a 100 percent beautiful nature here, with changing weather, soft beaches, deep valleys and exposed mountain tops. It’s something that awakens the versatility in me, says Rybak enthusiastically.

At the harsh Stadplatået there is for once no wind. The sky is blue and it is a clear view to Svinøy Lighthouse and south to Bremanger.

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Alexander Rybak – interviews with NRK radio about his new music video 19.05.2014

Alexander on radio NRK Sogn & Fjordane about his new music video

English translation by Jorunn Ekre. Subs by Tessa Lande.

English revision by Katie Anderson.

Interview with the producer Tone-Lise Asphol and mayor of Selje, Ottar Nygård  19.05.2014

English translation by Jorunn Ekre. Subs by Katie Anderson.
English revision by Anni Jowett.