Alexander Rybak’s dream about having his own Christmas tour came true in 2010. With a big band of 11 clever musicians, his own stuff and crooner versions of American and Norwegian Christmas classics, he went on tour visiting 10 Norwegian cities and 16 concerts.
This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary and below you’ll find videos from the concert, the tour list with the name of the local guest artists, interviews where he promoted the tour and also what some of his tour buddies say about working with him 🙂 Just scroll down and enjoy 🙂
Alexander Rybak plays the violin on the Romanian artist Roxen’s new song “Wonderland” released November 27.
ROXEN was scheduled to represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song “Alcohol You” before the event’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-related cancellation. She was also nonetheless internally selected as the country’s representative for the 2021 contest. Her music style has been deemed as deep house by music critics, and her appearance compared to Billie Eilish and Dua L ipa. Info from Wikipedia, provided by Maria-EcaterinaMihăescu
Many ESC-related websites have picked up the new song and the collaboration and here is what some of them say about Alexander’s contribution:
Published on columbiachronicle.com , September 18, 2020. Text by Paige Barnes, Audience Engagement Editor. Photo: Alexander Rybak
Article about Alexander Rybak in Columbia Chronicle
The Columbia Chronicle is the official student-run news publication of Columbia College Chicago. While providing award-winning news content on Columbia’s campus and the South Loop area for their readers, the Chronicle also serves as a laboratory for journalism instruction and practice, producing professionals in various fields who can successfully contribute to their industries. Alexander is a student at this college in the next 2 years, and The Columbia Chronicle has in that case made this nice interview with him.
“People think that happiness is when you shine on stage, when you have an enormous amount of supporters and many friends,” says Norwegian Eurovision singer Alexander Rybak. “Yes, it can be so, but you always have to ask at what price? It can be achieved with great effort. And you have to like all this effort, only then can good music be born.”
Alexander Rybak visited the Norwegian morning TV-show “God morgen Norge”.
Alexander Rybak was a guest in the Norwegian morning TV-show “God morgen Norge” (Good morning Norway) on TV2. There he talked about his long addiction to sleeping pills and the tough rehab he has gone through this year. Alexander also talked about his new song “Magic” and the great music video. And of course, the surprise about him moving to the USA for a two years master’s study in music.
The video hasEnglish subtitles. English translation and subtitles are made by TessaLa and revision by Anni Jowett.
A summary of an interview in the local news paper in Nesodden – AMTA, published 26.7.20 and in addition some info found on several accounts on Instagram.
In a short interview with the local news paper Amta in Nesodden Alexander, who by now lives at Aker Brygge, reveals that he has some certain plans and that there may be some changes this autumn. What these changes are he won’t tell yet, but in first instance this means he will spend more time in Nesodden for a while.
” It is not certain that I will be living in Oslo from this autumn to put it that way, Alexander says.“
Alexander Rybak talks about about his new song “Magic” in interviews with the Norwegian broadcaster NRK1 and newspaper VG 17. July 2020
Source: Parts from an article in VG.no, published the 17.7.20 and an interview on the News on NRK1 the same date. Translated by TessaLa, revised by Anni Jowett.
After being addicted to sleeping pills and antidepressants for 11 years, Alexander Rybak (34) was safely on his way to rehabilitation. Until May he had worked with his problems, been determined and experienced that everything now went the right way. But in May he hit the wall at full speed, he was on his way back to the wrong track again.
“The only hope for a normal life is giving up the pills”
Source: Online version of the paper issue of “OTDOKHNI” nr 27/2020 published 26.06.2020. Thanks to Yana Pryadka for informing about the interview and Anastasia Silakova for the English translation.
Some info: Alexander has made an Russian version of his song “Give Me rain”. The title in Russian is “Позади” (pronounced Pozadi, which means “Behind” in English. The music video of the Russian “Behind” you’ll find below.
Sasha, you’ve recently scared your fans with an honest confession: you had been addicted to sleeping pills and antidepressant medication for 11 years! Knowing you as an outstanding artist, it’s hard to believe… Actually, my intention was not to scare my fans but to comfort them (smiling). Because many of them suspected that I had health issues. For the past years I’ve smiled less and less, I’ve moved slowly. I’m sure they are glad I’ve finally pulled myself together.
When did you realise that it’s time to kick your habit? Was there any turning point?
The thing is that for 4 years I’d been trying to figure out why I had bellyache every day, why I couldn’t think properly, enjoy life and even breathe! And when last year I realised that all those struggles came up in between the doses of Diazepam and sleeping pills, I figured my only way hope for a normal life was giving up the pills.
A long awaited jazz concert with Alexander Rybak and Felix Peikli.
A short report from the concert by someone who was present. Playlist and videos from the concert you’ll find below 🙂
Ever since I saw videos from the jazz concert these two brilliant musicians had in 2010, I have waited for a chance to see them live together. And suddenly the festival @Karpedammenscene, supported by Aftenposten, announced the concert, which due to the time of the day they called Jazz Brunch 🙂 And this time I couldn’t let the chance pass by, even if I had to drive for 18 hours in 1,5 day. And it was definitely worth it 🙂
Alexander Rybak has a cameo role as himself in a medley with several other ESC artists in a “dream sequence” in the new Netflix movie.
This post is based on information and texts from several Norwegian newspapers, the Norwegian broadcaster NRK1, Wiwiblogs, The Wrap News and Alexander Rybak. Links at the bottom of the post. Pictures from by Clair Folger/Netflix. Translations by Jorunn Ekre and Tessa La, revision by Anni Jowet
For almost a year Rybak has kept it a secret that he will appear in the Netflix comedy “Eurovision Song Contest:The Story of Fire Saga” with Will Ferrell (52) and Rachel Adams (41). Rybak emphasises that it’s not a big scene he is part of.
In January this year Alexander told his fans that he had his most difficult month so far in his life. He didn’t say why back then, but yesterday he told he has been fighting through hard days to overcome the anxiety and pain that comes from quitting sleep aid. The song “Give Me Rain” express his feelings, hope and will to manage through this hard time. A catchy song with good lyrics. There will be a very special music video for this song, and Alexander will also ask his fans to participate in the video. Thanks for this great and honest song, Alexander and we just say…
KEEP ON DANCIN’!
POSTUPDATE – MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED 12.07.20
Alexander invited his fans to contribute to the music video by making their own videos of the song, and as you can see there is a lot of videos glimpses of fans in the music video 🙂
Alexander Rybak with a cover of Julio Iglesias song “33 años” in Spanish.
The soon to be 34 years old, Alexander Rybak, has released a cover version of Julio Iglesias’ song “33 años”, singing in Spanish. In his release post he wrote the following message:
Uno, dos, tres.. SURPRISE! 🥳 feeling nostalgic these days, I have made a music video for the best fans in the world.❤️ it’s a song I really wanted to do, while I’m still 33 😎 Whole video on my YouTube channel. How is my español?😅
Alexander Rybak on Skype in the BelarusianTV-show “Makajonka,9”
Due to the Corona situation concerts and mass events have been cancelled in most countries, and since they no longer can invite guests to the studio, the two hosts in the Belarusian evening TV-show “Makajonka,9” decided to call up the guests they wished for on Skype. And luckily for us Alexander Rybak was one of them 🙂
Just to clarify some facts about the Corona restrictions in Norway since Alexander mentioned the quarantine. In Norway you’ll get 2 weeks quarantine if you have been in contact with someone who is infected or you have been abroad. You’ll have to stay home and are only allowed to go out to do necessary stuff, like buying food. If you are not in quarantine you are still encouraged to stay home, but can actually go wherever you want, whenever you want, as long as you keep 2 meters distance from others.
The interview is translated to English by Anastasia Silakova, who also made the subs, and revised by Anni Jowett.
Follow Alexander’s musical journey in 2020. Here you’ll find his upcoming events and links to videos, articles, interviews etc related to the events and music releases. The list is based on information on his official website, Alexander’s information or organizers information and advertising.
Ingeborg Walther played the role of Alva in Alexander’s musical “Trolle og den magiske fela” in 2019.
When I first met Alexander at the audition, he seemed very kind. And it turned out to be a correct first impression.
Alexander said of Ingeborg in an interview -“Many applied to audition ( for the role of Alva), almost 300. But even if it had been 3000, Ingeborg would still have got the role.” Please read on to hear more about this talented actress/singer and her answers to our questions about the role and working with Alexander. Many thanks for joining our “Fiddler’s Bunch”
NAME: Ingeborg Walther BIRTHDAY: 26.09.1999 HOME COUNTRY: Norway
Per Elias Drabløs arranged and directed the music for the musical Trolle Alexander’s musical “Trolle og den magiske fela” in 2019.
Alex is one of a kind.
Per Elias Drabløs
Per Elias Drabløs answered our Fiddler’s bunch questions. Read on to find out more about this very accomplished musical man and how it was working with Alexander to bring the music to the Kilden stage.
NAME: Per Elias Drabløs BIRTHDAY: October 11 HOME COUNTRY: Norway
STIG-WERNER MOE brought the Hulder king to life on stage in his role in Alexander’s musical “Trolle og den magiske fela” in 2019.
Alexander is so damn good playing that instrument, wish I could be as good on the trumpet.
Stig-Werner Moe has taken the challenge to answer the Fansite’s questions, read on further to find out more of his views on working with Alexander and Trolle, and actually what does he have in his pockets 🙂
NAME: Stig-Werner Moe BIRTHDAY: 28 May HOME COUNTRY: Norway
REVIEW OF “TROLLE OG DEN MAGISKE FELA” AT KILDEN THEATRE, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019
By Jane, London , UK
I was fortunate to be able to attend both the opening and closing nights of “Trolle” in Kristiansand. This meant that, when I first saw it, I didn’t know what to expect, but when I saw it again I was able to focus more on detail. I knew the music and had an idea of the plot – but how would it translate into a full performance (and one in a language that I only have the very basics of)? Before I went I tried to find translations of as many of the songs as I could, which helped, but couldn’t find key songs either in English or Norwegian. I was going to have to hope for the best. Would there be much spoken dialogue? If not, it was going to be quite a short evening as the album runs just over 45 minutes.
Alexander’s Musical “Trolle and the Magic Fiddle” opened on November 28 and ran until December 28 , 2019 at the Kilden Theatre and Cultural Hall in Kristiansand, Norway.
The show drew ticket sales from far and wide attracting an international audience to the theatre. Around 10,000 tickets were sold to at least 16 different countries, including Norway, Germany, the UK, Poland, USA, Ireland, Russia, Greece, Croatia, Slovakia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Hungary and Norfolk Island!
“It is quite fun that Trolle and Alexander appeals to people outside of Norway. The first ticket for this year’s Christmas show was sold to a lady from Ireland. This was already in January this year. People from Slovakia and Denmark bought tickets right afterwards, so Rybak’s fans have been out early”
–Janneke Aulie, Sales and marketing manager at Kilden Theater and Concert Hall.
“Trolle og den magiske fela” is a fairy tale about daring to be different and accepting what is different from others. Alexander Rybak had an ensemble of talented actors on stage with him who, together and with spectacular scenography and captivating music, enchanted their audience from start to finish.
“My dear fans. ❤️ Thank you SO MUCH for giving me support from all the world. I’m so happy that you have united from so many different countries to come see my fairy tale. I have worked for so many years on this, and it means everything to me that you are enjoying yourselves. And as a bonus, you get to see the wonderful Stig Werner as my nemesis “Hulderkongen”😎 I hope you’re having a wonderful December ❤️ #trolle “
ALEXANDER RYBAK’S VIOLIN MAGIC RETURNS TO MELODI GRAND PRIX
“Over the Sea” sailed through the fourth semifinal to win a place in the grand final of the 2020 Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix, (the national selection show of the Eurovision Song Contest).
Singer Magnus Bokn teamed up with songwriter/producer Joakim With Steen (aka JOWST) and Alexander Rybak to write the song. Bokn performed in the semi-final for Western Norway on Saturday, February 1st. While it was Alexander who played the violin on the recorded released version, it was Manuela-Ruth Ötves who joined Magnus on stage with the violin in the semifinal performance. “Over the Sea ” now will advance to the Grand final in Trondheim on 15th February.
Alexander was the surprise artist at the free open-air New Year’s concert in Chisinau, Moldova. The concert stared after midnight and lasted for about 45 minutes. The concert was streamed live on Moldova’s national TV station Moldova 1. Earlier in the evening Alexander performed at a New Year’s party at Berd’s Design Hotel. His Ukrainian manager Yana Pryadko was present and shared this video on FaceBook:
The open-air concert
The concert was great. It was obviously a bit cold, but with a Christmas hat and warm jacket, Alexander managed well. During the concert he also went down to greet the audience and handed out signed cards and some other stuff. Pictures from the concert you can see below the video.
In September 2019, Alexander returned to Poland to perform at a free outdoor concert in one of Warsaw’s parks to celebrate the end of the summer holidays. Alexander’s fans in Polish Rybak’s Mafia were there and delightedly tell us about their celebrations…
Trolle and Alva visited NRK’s local radio station in Kristiansand today and talked about the musical “Trolle”. It is only two days to the premiere and for Alexander it is a bit scary and at the same time really looking forward to the day his most cherished project has its premiere. We wish him and his crew all the luck.
At the end of the interview Ingeborg and Alexander sings the song “Baby it’s Cold Outside”
The interview was published by radio NRKSørlandet and can be listened to HERE
The video is recorded by TessaLa and has English subtitles by TessaLa, revised by Anni Jowett.
It was crowded when Alexander Rybak played with the students from the Culture School in Kilden Friday, November 16.
Original article published in SA.no November 17. Text and photo: Tomas Fordelsen. English translation by TessaLa, revision by Anni Jowett.
A short glimpse from the concert, posted on FB by the Culture School.
At the annual Culture School Concert on Friday, Alexander Rybak himself showed up with his violin. According to the Culture School, it was Rybak himself who took the initiative to play together with the students at Knuden (The Knot), the culture school in Kristiansand.
It’s not often Alexander Rybak is to be seen walking the red carpet, but for the popluare Norwegian morning TV-show “God morgen Norge” he made an exception. And the reason why, he tells in the interview. 🙂
“God morgen Norge” celebrated their 25th anniversary and since their logo is yellow, the celebrities walked a “Yellow carpet” this time.
The video has English subtitles by TessaLa , revision by Anni Jowett.
When Alexander Rybak toured with “Fairytale”, he began writing the story about Trolle. Ten years later he is ready to create magic on the musical stage. When Kilden opens its doors to the premier in November, it will be a sensual and visual party with spectacular costumes and big scenography.
Melody Grand Prix and “Fairytale” were fun. But at the same time, I was working on something else, something completely different, something that could be about us all. About bullying, about not fitting in. About magical places and mysterious creatures that one can choose to believe in or not. But most of all about friendship.
Alexander’s post in social media 1.9.2019: Questions & Answers🧚🏼♀️ Hey, how are you? The next few days I’m traveling a lot. Which means I will have some time for Instagram. 💪🏼 Send me your best questions in the comments section, and I promise to answer at least 33😃
And he kept his promise and answered a lot more than 33 questions. Many happy fans got their question answered, and we have collected them here for you. Hopefully we have managed to get them all. Enjoy:) The ones who are not originally in English are translated and have a blue background.
Julia.ell I’m already looking forward to the new Zelda game. Will you play it too when you get home?Greetings from Hamburg Germany! 😊😬🎮 Hello Hamburg 🤪 I look forward to playing both Luigi and Zelda this year!
The Norwegian celebrity magazine “Se og Hør” and TV2’s sing along summer show “Allsang på grensen” invited the Norwegian people to vote, during the summer, for the best Eurovision song of all time. The winner was announced at the final show 7th of August, and who else could the winner be than “Fairytale” by our one and only Alexander. “Se og Hør” also made an interview with Alexander which can read below.
In the Norwegian TV-show “Allsang på grensenAlexander Rybak performed his legendary “Fairytale”, and “Stjernen vår”, from his upcoming musical “Trolle”, in a duet with Ingeborg Walther. Ingeborg will play the role of “Alva” in the musical.
Featured picture: photo by Allsang på grensen/Viken Foto og Video
Alexander and Ingeborg also gave an interview to the Norwegian magazine “Se and Hør”. Scroll down to read it 🙂
“Stjernen vår” (Our star) was performed by Alexander Rybak and Ingeborg Walther for the first time in the Norwegian TV-show “Allsang på grensen” 4.7.2019
“Stjernen vår” is a song from Alexander Rybak’s children’s book “Trolle og den magiske fela” and is written by Alexander and his father Igor.
The night Trolle and Alva became friends there was a star shining brighter than the others. Alva pointed at the star and said: “Let this be our star from now on, and it will always shine for us, no matter how far we are apart”.
The Norwegian lyrics are translated to English by Jorunn Ekre and Anastasia Silakova.