To read this interview in Google translation click here
To read this interview in Google translation click here
Alexander was going to perform in China on 1, 2 and 5 November for the musical “Some Sunny Night” by Thomas Stanghelle, where he portrays Ketil Moe, a respected figure among Norwegian athletes, who gave a personal fight against cystic fibrosis. His parents would participate as well.
Unfortunately, the concerts were suddenly cancelled by the Chinese Department of Culture yesterday, in the context of the general anger of the Chinese government against Norway, after the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiabo, a dissident and political prisoner in China. No other Norwegian artists are known to face similar problems in China so far.
Alexander talked to NRK and TV2 about this issue. Links found by Marianne Saietz (who also pays the subscription to let us watch TV2!) and Vigdis Ar. Uploading by Yannis Papadopoulos. Many thanks for the translation to Tessa La!
More articles about the cancellation here:
Found by Hege Anita Steinvik: VG Newspaper
Found by Sara Anja Ruske: Dagbladet Newspaper
Found by Vigdis Ar: Side2 website
On 15 July 2009 a new thread was created on Planet Rybak, a newborn then. It was the thread called “Fans own poems and lyrics”, made by Marianne Saietz. During the last year this thread has inspired many Facebookies to express their feelings by creating hundreds of excellent poems! It has also given birth to four SONG BOOKS released by the Facebookies so far, and counting! It has been the earliest sign of the world-famous Facebookies creativity!
On 15 July 2010 we are celebrating its birthday. You are all invited to leave a rhyme, a limerick, a poem, anything 🙂
Link to the thread:
Sample poem, by Marianne:
And finally, the fans will sleep And no one will the facebook keep The latest topic now must wait The wild ideas can hesitate The cleaning-people sweeps the floor clean up the links and threads and more The lights go out and all is shade And even words stay up too late
TA-TAM-DAM!!! We have one more party! First anniversary of the very first project of FaceBookies! I think I should just quote the person, who made this project came true and who deserved to be on top of this unique holiday! Of course, this is our genius Chief Editor, Mistress IRENA BAY😉 Continue reading HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to the BOOK!!!!!!!!!
Alexander won one MUZ-TV award in Moscow tonight! Best Breakthrough 2009! Congratulations from all your Facebookies!
Alexander Rybak won the award for “breakthrough of the year” at the distribution of the high-prestigeous russian music-awards in Moscow tonight.by Morten Ruud – 11.6.2010He got the award for last years European Song Contest-winner «Fairytale».
Rybak ran for life – Hamar Arbeiderblad 3.6.10, by Anne Bergsengene
Translation by Marianne Saietz
Alexander Rybak was the main attraction yesterday, when the pupils of Fagerlund school, ran for children in Africa.
Brumunddal: The spirit was high and the autograph-hunters were eager, when Fairytale Alexander spent some morning hours at Fagerlund School yesterday. And even though the artist couldn´t play the fiddle because of an injured hand, and insisted that he couldn´t sing either, the children were very happy to have him as visitor. Continue reading 2 Articles + Video: “Rybak ran for life” — “Supported UNICEF”. June 3th, 2010
Please, enjoy the result of collective work of Facebookies bunch! Recording by Petronella May, English thranslation by Melanie Mazur and subs by Julia Bezbakh.
Russian translation & subs are in the process;))
As you may see, MuzTV webpage has changed its design and now the voting became more complicated for our dear non-Russian speaking friends. But the FaceBookies never sleep 😉 So, now we have made new voting instructions for you:)) Don’t stop voting, please!
INSTRUCTIONS FOR OUR NON-RUSSIAN SPEAKING FRIENDS ON HOW TO REGISTER AND VOTE: Continue reading Attention! MuzTV awards — new voting instructions!
OK, for those who missed what it is about:
Alex has birthday on May 13th and we decided to support a charity project which gives children all over the world a chance to learn an instrument. It’s called “Playing for a Future” and is run by Valdres Sommersymfoni, which is a music school in Norway. The music school has opened an account for us and we are sending money to it until May 12th. On May 13th, Valdres Sommersymfoni is going to tell Alex about his present and tell us how much we raised.
How is that a present for Alex, you are asking yourself?
Well, it really simple! It’s like math … the circle of life … a formula of happiness:
The fiddler was born -> the music changed his life and made his dreams come true -> the fiddler makes music -> that makes us very happy -> we want to share this happiness with more people and children and make their dreams come true -> the kids in poor countries who have never ever heard of Alexander Rybak and do not knew about his existence will get an opportunity to become professional musicians and an alternative to a life in poverty BECAUSE OF ALEXANDER RYBAK -> that will make them happy -> which will make Alex happy BECAUSE HE MADE THIS WORLD BETTER BY JUST BEING HERE !!! And we will let him know that on his birthday!
You are nodding and smiling. 🙂 I see that you agree with me!
(video by the FaceBookie Marion Kubek)
(no matter how much/ more is better, of course/ but also 1 € or 1 $ is great)
And don’t forget that the money transaction needs sometimes up to 5 business days !!!
More information and me rambling about it:
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From March 29th – April 4th, 2010 – Alexander accompanied the Youth Orchestra “Ung Symfoni” on a concert-tour in Japan. The report is written by Elisabet Haavet and was found at the webpage of UNG SYMFONI, HORDALAND
Translation of the last parts of the report, in which Alexander is mentioned by Marianne Saietz:
“The concert in Osaka, would take place in the amazing IZUMI HALL. It was right next to the hotel and everybody got VIP-cards to get in and out. It was a big pleasure to practise there and people were well-rested from beds, spa and Ferris wheel. Funny, it was also, to accompany and sing back-vocals for Alexander Rybak – still a bit ours!! – and the orchestra took it as good sports, that he changed the partitur 140 times along the way. Swing it did and at the concert, he made the Japanese sing along and clap too. Continue reading Bergen Youth Orchestra in Japan with Alexander Rybak — Report from the tour. March 29th — April 4th, 2010
Norwegian press about Alex’s nomination in the most coveted Russian Music Awards “Muz TV 2010”
(researched by Ingegerd Claesson)
1) VG.no, April 7th, 2010 – VG has written about Alexander being nominated for Russian Music Award. It looks like they got the information from Facebook. Continue reading Collection of articles about Alex, April 7th — 10th, 2010
Google-translation from Japanese. Thanks to Milena Wiatrak for all the links.
Alexander will take part in the 2 concerts on April 1st, 2010 and April 3rd, 2010
1. Orkester-Forum (paper edition): “Alexander on-the-road”
researched by Anne Liisa Gustavsen
The first is a nice interview with Alex on page 8-9, about his new record, orchestra playing, teaching on orchestra courses, what is a good teacher, practicing when one is young and something about the Jante law.
The second is an article on page 11 about Ung Symfoni (Young Symphony Orchestra). They are going to Japan at Easter, and Alex is going with them as a soloist. Continue reading A collection of articles about Alexander from Norwegian press, March 22th, 2010
Many thanks for the pictures of Sørumsand and Prague concerts to our dear Facebookies Jitka, Elin, Alev, Patrycja and Snezhanna!
And thanks to Asya for creating the Tallinn gallery!
You still don´t know how to travel to Oslo for the Menuhin Competition Gala Concert on 25th April 2010? To make it much easier for you just follow the links!
Flights to Oslo:
Tickets for the concert:
Accomodation in Oslo:
(found by Marianne Saietz)
Alex announce the voting results for Norway
Dagbladet.no – March 9th
Igor Rybak, Per Sundess and Alex’s manager Kathrine Synnes Finnskog about Alex’s exhaustion and possible quitting out of the pop music business in 2011
Yannis’ blog with Greek press (translated):
Yannis’ youtube channel 1 “Greek News on A. Rybak”: Continue reading A library of articles, interviews and videos from Greece (collected, translated and uploaded by Yannis)
March 7th, 2010 –
(researched by Tessa La)
amta.no, March 4th 2010 – Alex appears in a Nesoddenrussen theatre play production. I think. Googlish is very tricky. Continue reading News of the week March, 1st — March 7th 2010
Springleik – by Julia
Roll with the Wind – By Alev
Dolphin – By Marion K.
Video by Artictka
The audience were REALLY singing loud!
Alexander Rybak’s interview in the Slovenian TV-Show NLP-Fokus, 21.02.10
In the second part of the show Alexander played the violin-solo Chaccone by Bakh.
English translation by Vita Trefalt. Russian translation and subtitles by Sonya Luzina
Fine quality video from Alexander’s performance at the Slovenian Final ESC, Lyublyana Febr. 21 2010
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