Source: Ringerikes Blad
Paper issue – 06.07.13
Author: Pål Tr. Mannsverk
Translated by Susanne Berlin. Revised by Tessa Lande and Katie Anderson.
Masterclass By Rybak
CONTACT WITH THE AUDIENCE: Mathias Liodden showed that he had learned to keep in contact with the audience while playing. The other strings are Synnøve Liodden, Helene Nagel, Cathrine Hvasshovd, Adrian Bråten-Obel and Sasha P.H. Coles.
Mathias Liodden from Ådal learned about stage presence from Alexander Rybak at the summer school in Hønefoss.
Hønefoss: For the third time, Jørn Atle Støa arranged the summer school for 30 young musicians and singers, and yesterday afternoon the participants showed at the final concert what they had learned. Rybak has been with them the last two days, and he was inspired by the work with the young talents.
“I think it’s been fun to play with Alexander. It was really nice to see him again”, Mathias said.
He and his sister Synnøve have met the well-known artist once before at a different arrangement in Hønefoss. They both play violin, Rybak’s main instrument.
– Have you learned something from him?
– “Yes, to put on a show while playing by memory”, responds Mathias.
During the concert he really proved it by keeping steady eye contact with the audience while playing, even though his sister believes that her brother did not need to learn it.
“You already knew how to perform on stage, pretty much!”
Jørgen Tangen Bendikssen, who was the violin teacher during the first days of the summer school: “I think stage presence is most important for the audience. You can play as well as you want, but if you do not make contact with the audience, it doesn’t matter.”
– “The whole package is important. To survive in the music industry you have to be versatile”, says Rybak.
It’s not often he is present at these summer schools. Generally Rybak has arrangements for orchestras with 60-70 musicians, but he liked being a guest at his friend’s school in Hønefoss.
OWN SONG: Rapper “Tred” (Simen Felix Omland) from Skien was the only one who fielded his own song, “Kalte meg selv blid.” Hege Holmenog Maren, and Irene Vargas in the background.
Alexander Rybak came straight from the recording of “Allsang på Grensen” and also managed to attend the Hønefoss revue.
“It was one of the funniest I’ve seen in a long time”, he said.