( A report by Jitka Holanová , Czech Republic)
There is one thing with AR concerts…and that is, that only one is not enough….I hoped so much, that I will calm after seeing him live..but I was very wrong, sigh..after return from Norway I became to be blue…no other concerts, everything already happened..it was nice, but it is gone…
(A report by Milada Lenhartová from Brno, Czech Republik)
(Translated from Czech by Danka Čolláková, Slovakia)
Hi, Hi there everyone! I returned from Sweden, I have not even unpacked, and I’m with you. Do I have noted that it was such a surreal experience that I absolutely did not provide. For the record: I’m the old person who finally went with her husband the “honeymoon” after 37 years of marriage – to Alex’s concert in Goteborg. (I will find that once I’ve got a new computer, I’m not used to it…) but I should have noted that even though I’m an old granny according to calendar, I still feel like a girl, so I can also take these trips for Alex (in total enchantment) …
(researched by Simone)
(updated in February, 2010)
the debut album “Fairytales”:
# 1 for 19 weeks in the charts (triple platinum, which means over 90.000 sold copies)
the single “Fairytale“:
#1 for 22 weeks
the single “Funny little world“:
# 1 for 9 weeks
the single “Roll with the wind“:
#10 for 2 weeks
the debut album “Fairytales“:
#16 for 6 weeks
the single “Fairytale“:
# 4 for 17 weeks
the debut album “Fairytales“:
# 46 for 3 weeks
the single “Fairytale“:
# 10 for 13 weeks
the debut album “Fairytales“:
# 65 for 3 weeks
the single “Fairytale“:
#3 for 7 weeks
the single “Fairytale“:
#10 for 3 weeks
the single “Fairytale“
on # 1 :
Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Island, Sweden, Russia
on # 2 :
Ireland, The Netherlands
The song “Fairytale” was # 3 in the European Billboard Charts. It has been released in 25 countries, 120.000 copies were sold in Norway, 300.000 copies in Europe: it also made Gold in Sweden (10.000 sold singles) and in Poland (5.000 sold singles), it got Double Platinum in Russia (40.000 sold singles).
The debut album “Fairytales” made 400.000 copies worldwide.
NAME: Odd Norvall Ramstad
HOME COUNTRY: Norway
3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE MYSELF:
Kind, musical, absentminded Continue reading Odd Norvall Ramstad
“The Operation 10/10
how Rybak’s Facebookies went to Olso”
a report by
Well guys, I think it’s time for me to report back to the grid… to be honest I don’t feel that I will be able to put into words what I have experienced this weekend with these indescribably wonderful people … I know my account will fail to convey what really happened … still – I am a FB spy on duty, night and day, and I would never let you down! 😀
My story begins way earlier than the most stories you have read here until now. My story began in July this year when out of the blue I found myself organizing and directing a facebook project – how the hell did that happen again?? (And why I am working on the new one in my head like crazy again since yesterday??)
NAME: Ådne Reinhold Geicke Kolbjørnshus
BIRTHDAY: July, 6th
HOME COUNTRY: Norway
3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE MYSELF: Happy, passionate, lazy :p
WHAT DO I HAVE IN MY POCKETS RIGHT NOW: Nothing
WHAT MADE ME LAUGH THE LAST TIME: All the funny videoclips we taped in Finland 🙂
AS A CHILD I DREAMT OF BECOMING A … : Pro snowboarder and breakdancer
JOB IN FIDDLER’S BUNCH: Dancer
SINCE WHEN: 22.05.09
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE FIDDLER: He is totally real and honest, I feel like he looks at us friends, and not just the one that you “work” with. His funny insidejokes and statements
WHAT IS ANNOYING ABOUT THE FIDDLER: He stole my pants, and he is still using it on every show -_-
THE MOST REMARKABLE THING I EXPERIENCED WHILE WORKING WITH THE FIDDLER: Hmm So many funny moments backstage and so many great and big moments on stage!!
MESSAGE TO THE FACEBOOKIES: Great job guys! Alex loves you! 🙂
NAME: Dan Sonesson
BIRTHDAY: Sept., 9th
HOME COUNTRY: Sweden
3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE MYSELF:
impatient, organized, curious Continue reading Dan Sonesson
NAME: Trygve Tambs-Lyche
BIRTHDAY: May, 22nd
HOME COUNTRY: Norway
3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE MYSELF:
fun, focused, energetic Continue reading Trygve Tambs-Lyche
Alexander Rybak Fanmail
If you would like an autograph in return, you must include a ready stamped envelope to your country of residence and with your address upon it. Alexander does his very best to reply all fans, however we must inform you that we cannot guarantee a response.
Important: Please send your letters via regular post and NOT
as certified/registered mail.
(written by Irena Bay)
“EUROPE MEETS THE FIDDLER“
Once upon a time, there was a fiddler from the North.
The fiddler was poor and had only a dream, a fiddle and a song. But he had yet another thing: He had love. Once he heard of a princess living in a country behind the seven seas and the seven mountains called Russia. It was said that the love of this princess was magical: Her love could make your dreams come true … It could lift you up where you belong … It could heal you … It could give sense to your past, present and future. (At least, this is what some people believe). Without having met her, the fiddler fell head over heels for her and thought of her night and day. He was determined to win her over, come what may! (Hey, I am rhyming again, hahaha!)
He took his dream, fiddle, song and love and walked by foot around the whole wide world to find her. When he arrived in the village called Moscow, the people were in the middle of big preparations. He asked a village woman what they were going to celebrate and she replied euphorically, “The wedding of the princess!” The fiddler stopped breathing for a while! He felt as if his heart shattered in his chest into million glass pieces. He asked the woman, “Whom is she marrying?” “Well, nobody knows! Not even she! Her father, our king, was unhappy for a very long time, because she never had fallen in love. She rejected all the suitors from all over the world: there were princes and knights and Academy Awards winners, but no one could touch her soul. Her father started to give up hope. But then,” the face of the woman illuminated, “she announced that she had dreamt of the ONE! In her dream, she looked up to the blue moon and saw how the stars started to move and to twirl, faster and faster, and then suddenly they came together in the shape of a white, silverly-shining dolphin on the dark-blue nightly sky. The dolphin jumped over the full moon, swam through the air to the princess and told her wordlessly that she should invite all young men to compete with each other with a song, unknown to the world, and that she shall marry the winner!” (“What a nonsense!” the princess thought after waking up that night, “I should never eat spicy Thai food that late at night!” But since she was bored, she decided to do as the dream dolphin had told her to.)
As the fiddler heard this, the sun of hope came out through the clouds and he jumped to the woman and kissed her! “He’s nuts!”, she shrugged and continued to clean the fish in her hands watching the boy running to the castle, bumping into people and falling over things.
That night, all the singers assembled in the castle before the king’s throne in the big, luxurious, modern hall. Those who did not find room in the hall, pressed their noses on the window panes from outside, chewing popcorn and awaiting the contest. After each song, million of heads turned in sync to the princess to check her reaction. But she looked bored and sad.
Then the fiddler came out in a white shirt and a black vest. He walked through the crowd clinging firmly to his violin and biting nervously his lip. Here he was, after all those sleepless nights of dreaming and hoping, finally at the end of his journey. He went up to the king and then he saw Europe: Seeing her face took his breath away! There, in her face, he saw himself! He *bonked*! He ran with his hand through his hair, took a breath and started to play his song.
When he was done, there was a complete silence in the whole country. A minute passed … and then another minute. And then Europe jumped from her throne and ran over to the fiddler to embrace him in a passionate, all-consuming, perfect kiss!
They married that night and the magic star dolphin exploded in multi-colored fireworks in the sky over their heads. (Next day, the fiddler had the worst hang-over of his life, but he didn’t mind and gave interviews anyway! :P)
“KJELL ARILD TILTNES CREATES “ The Official Facebook Page” OF THE FIDDLER”
Since the fiddler had to go on tour through the world, Europe felt lonely and missed the fiddler a lot. So the king Kjell Arild created a page on facebook called “The Official Facebook Page of Alexander Rybak” for Europe to keep contact with the traveling fiddler. The fiddler would send sms and little videos from his journey to the king, and the king would post them on facebook for Europe to read, see and RollOnTheFloorLaughingHerButtOff.
But Europe was not a girl, even though she was a princess. Europe actually was many many people from all over the world, who started to meet on the Official Facebook Page of Alexander Rybak and have a great time. They called themselves Rybak’s FaceBookies.
“RYBAK’S FACEBOOKIES on tour through the WORLD, IMAGINATION & WWW”
After a while, it was not enough for them to talk to each other on facebook and they wanted to meet in real life.
They started to meet each other in groups in the Russian-speaking countries to greet the fiddler, when he would come for promotion appearances and concerts to Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
Three FaceBookies from the Czech Republic, whom we call the “Czech Musketeers”, took a car and drove with it through the whole Europe to the north and followed the fiddler and his bunch on their Norway concert tour in the summer.
Meanwhile, nearly 30 FaceBookies got inspired by the fiddler’s story and his music, and decided to make him a gift that would show him the influence he had on their lives. They wanted to say “thank you” to him for the joy he spreads in the world and for the fact that they had found each other on his Official Facebook page. So they, who had never met each other in their lives, set together in a virtual secret cave on facebook and wrote a BOOK for him and about him. They named it “Alexander Rybak’s story Retold by Rybak’s FaceBookies”. In October 2009, they travelled to Olso to go to his concert together and to give him the BOOK.
By the way, if you want to have your own copy of the Book send your request here and you will receive it on your e-mail in PDF.
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After that, many other Rybak’s FaceBookies from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus met each other at the end of November and shook down the concert hall in Moscow singing with the fiddler.
The FaceBookies were on the spot to greet the fiddler in New York City, too! (And they traveled to NY all the way from California and Canada!)
Shortly after that, the Russian-speaking group called “Alexander Rybak’s Facebook Friends” and the original Rybak’s FaceBookies officially united under the name “Rybak’s FaceBookies” and got the logo designed by the “Russian Bunch” – you won’t be suprised to find out at this moment in my story that the logo shows – what else? – a magic dolphin! 😀
In December 2009, the Western European FaceBookies were planning to meet each other in Berlin/Germany for yet another concert. But unfortunately, things went wrong and the concert was cancelled. The FaceBookies were very sad about that, since they had been looking forward to it (for some of them, it was the only chance to see the fiddler on stage, and they even had had to get a visa – and if the fiddler can’t come to your country, you must go to where the fiddler is, right?).
They decided to go to Berlin any way, even though the concert had been cancelled: to meet each other again or for the very first time. An incredible thing happened then: the fiddler (who was sad about the cancelled concerts in Germany, too) heard about the meeting of the FaceBookies and decided to drop by and hang out with them for an hour! :)))
Now, we are dreaming of a even bigger FaceBookies meeting! Some place where the Western European and the Russian-speaking FaceBookies can meet and go together to a concert of the enchanted, enchanting boy!
And, if it happens (and it will happen, for sure, some day!), then we will return to facebook to write our reports for everyone who could not come, as we have been doing it up till now! We will write our story of how we met the fiddler, describe the magic of his playing on stage and the fun we had with each other.
And how many are we? We are way too many to be counted! There are active FaceBookies and less active FaceBookies. There are shadow-reading FaceBookies, who jump out of the shadow once in a while, and then there are silent shadow-reading people whose giggle we hear, but whom we never see. So, maybe you, yourself, are a FaceBookie! There is an easy way to find that out! Do this little questionnaire:
Am I a FaceBookie?
If you answer “yes” to the following questions, then you have been Rybak’s FaceBookie all along:
1. Does Alexander Rybak bring joy into your life?
2. Do you hang out on his Official Facebook Page?
3. Do you have fun there?
Result: You are, indeed, a Facebookie!! :DDD
What do Rybak’s FaceBookies do?
1. They spend a lot of time liking the smurf aka the fiddler.
2. They spend a lot of time cracking jokes on his Official Facebook Page and RollingOnTheFloor
3. They search for information/news on the fiddler, translate it for each other and share it with each other.
(See at the Rybak’s Facebookies group on Facebook or visit Youtube channels of the Facebookies, for instance. But but there is so much more! Just check the Fan’s wall on the Official Facebook Page.)
4. They meet each other traveling great distances and go to the fiddler’s concerts!
5. Now point Nr. 5 is very special !!! This is what makes us different from other fan groups: We write our reports about meeting and/or seeing the fiddler on stage!
By now we have a huuuuuuuuge library with such reports from all over the world and, our communication system is growing every day! Hardly ever, a concert goes by, which was not attended by one of our “spies” :))) In other words, if there is a concert — the FaceBookies are there and will report soon with their pics and videos. We are the first to know! (I heard that we know it sometimes before Kjell and even Alex himself know it!! On the other hand, maybe it’s just a rumour, who knows, who knows … 😀 )
And now it’s your turn:
Tell us your story of meeting the fiddler! We can’t wait to read it!
LAST UPDATE: June 13th, 2010
(put together by the FaceBookie Venche)
Alexander Rybak Official video channel
Welcome to my channel. A warm welcome from Alex, here on the official channel you will find new music videos and vlogs directly from Alexander! This is the first video in his Vlog series. Enjoy! From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins with Arve Tellefsen:
Bach’s Largo Ma non Tanto with Arve Tellefsen:
Bach with Arve Tellefsen:
More With Arve Tellefsen: From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Practising before the concert with Arve Tellefsen (not exist)
Chaconne: (YT closed)
Concerto for Two Violins (Live) – From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel (not exist)
Farewell, my lovely by Jo Yeong-Wook from the movie Oldboy and Europe skies at the Eurovison welcome reception:
Farewell my lovely (Oldboy) / Dovregubbens hall:
Hungarian suite, complete with Igor Rybak:
Hungarian Suite (Live) – From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Hungarian suite, different part:
Largo Ma non Tanto – Bach – Arve Tellefsen and Alexander Rybak:(not exist)
Leia by Sharinsky:
Summer by Vivaldi Alexander Rybak & The Vivaldi orchestra
Torna a Surriento with Didrik Solli-Tangen:
Vivaldi Summer (Live) – From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Vivaldi’s summer with Barrat due junior orchestra:
Classical piece, 9 years old, with mother accompaniing on the piano:
Norwegian folk music:
Bergrosa (rose of the mountains):
Halling. Concert with Frikar Askim part 2. From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel (no exist)
Norwegian folk music:
Springleik. From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Springleik, other version:
Other Norwegian folk music:
Spellemannsprisen, medley with a lot of Norwegian fiddlers:
Abandoned. From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Live at Sluserock:
All I do is dream of you:
All I have to do is dream, featuring Didrik Solli Tangen:
Always a woman:
Angel of life. Thomas Stanghelle, Alex on violin:
Baby it’s cold outside:
Beyond the sea: (no exist)
Can’t be taken away with Inger Lise Stulien, It’s from a collection with various artists called Fight Apathy:
Can’t take my eyes off you (Oslo with Anastasia)
Stavanger with Trine:
In Østersund with Åsa: (no exist)
Castle made of snow: (no exist)
Det gåtfulla folket: (YT channel closed – copyrights)
Do you think I’m sexy (live in Oslo):
Dream with Jørn Atle Støa:
En del av mitt hjärta with Tomas Ledin. Interview, live acoustic
Europe skies, from the Russian ESC finale. COMPLETE SONG, YEAH! (YT Channel closed-copyrights)
Europe skies / Fairytale from the Finnish national ESC:
Europe skies / Fairytale Slovenia national esc finale:)no exist)
Europe skies (Sluserock)
Europe Skies (animation) – From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Fairytale Norwegian finale 21.2.2009:
Fairytale international finale, 16.5.2009:
After having won:
Fairytale french version:
Fairytale Nobel prize concert:
Small video filming that he lost the fiddle:
The joke in the beginning is about the fact that because Alex won ESC Norway will be the host in 2010. That costs a lot of money. Arne Scheie is a sports reporter, and because of Alex the TV station will have less money to show football, so they make a joke that he puts soap on the violin before the show to make it slip out of his hands. They say Alex is the victim of an assassination made by Arne Scheie
Fairytale russian: (YT channel closed CR)
Fairytale Alexander Rybak & Russian figure skater Alexei Yagudin and Frikar, Red Square Moscow Sochi 2014: (no exist)
Fairytale for mom:
Fairytale Michael Jackson style. From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Fairytale acoustic in France (folk style):(no exist)
Fairytale, P4 parody:(YT closed CR)
Främling, Fairytale, I’ll be there with Carola:(YT closed CR)
Fiddler on the roof. With Dennis Storhøi: (Yt closed CR)
From Russia with love (live):
Funny little world. From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Funny Little World (Live) – From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Funny little world acoustic from Så ska det låta
Funny little world, acoustic:
Hurra for deg (Happy birthday):
I asked the ash tree (Ya sprosil u yasena):
I don’t believe in miracles (black lightning soundtrack):
From the official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel, with english subtitles:
With greek subtitles: (YT closed CR)
I en måneskinnsnatt med deg:
If you were gone:
I’m jealous: (no exist)
I’m in love / fairytale:
(only I’m in love)
I wish Alexander Rybak and Jørn Atle Støa -(live @ Sundvolden)
It ain’t necessarily so from Porgy and Bess (George Gershwin)
also featuring Seterjentens søndag.
Kiss and tell:
Komarovo (Live) – From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Last night on earth: The Margareths
Misirlou – Pump it – pulp fiction. From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
My heart is yours, Didrik Solli-Tangen, feat Alexander Rybak:
No milk today:
Oah – From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Oah live at Sluserock:
Once upon a summer time. Acoustic summer piece. From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Roll with the wind. From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Rudolf the rednosed reindeer, part of Facebookies Merry Christmas:
Satellite Lena Meyer Landrut feat. Alexander Rybak (copyrights YT closed)
The videos of Satellite are being removed all the time, but these ones works just now. I post several links in case they disappear again
Song From A Secret Garden *Easter Special* – From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel (no exist)
Song from a secret garden live:
Spellemann på taket:(no exist)
Stariy klion, old maple:(no exist)
Summer moved on with AHA recorded 30/08/2003: (Yt channel slosed)
‘t Is Of De Wereld Vergaat with Paul de Leeuw
The man in the mirror, featuring all artists from the Nobel Peace Prize concert 2009:
Tell me when:
Facebookies Christmas card Tell me when:
Vända med vinden, Timoteij feat Alex:(no exist)
Vinteren er her (no exist):
Visa vid vindens ängar:
Visa Vid Vindens Ängar (Live) – From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel
Viva la vida:
Why not me:
Piece of russian song from NRK super:
The Margarets feat Alexander Rybak One Stone Mountian @ Sommerfesten 2009 på Giske 25 07 09(YT closed)
Rud-school’s show, 06.01.10 (English subs)
Fela igjen, From the Official Alexander Rybak Youtube Channel. Subs in multiple languages
Fela igjen with english subtitles from Rybak’s Facebookies: (YT channel closed)
Fela igjen with Polish Subs:
Fela igjen with Russian subs:
Fela igjen, making of the video: (YT closed)
With Elisabeth Andreassen:
Blinde Karls vise with Elisabeth Andreassen:
Danse mot vår with Elisabeth Andreassen:
Det är vi ändå with Elisabeth Andreassen (Bettan)
Gabriellas sång with Elisabeth Andreassen:
Jolene with Elisabeth Andreassen (Bettan):
Klinga mina klockor with Elisabeth Andreassen (Bettan):
La det svinge interview/singing with Elisabeth Andreassen
Little piece of ”La det svinge” in concert:
Nu mår jag mycke bättre with Elisabeth (Bettan) Andreassen:
Fairytale with Elisabeth Andreassen:
With Elisabeth Andreassen a little bit from the P4 parody:
With Elisabeth Andreassen including P4 parody:
TV clips from “Så ska det låta” TV program:
Brown eyed girl feat Maria Haukås Storeng
Det gåtfulla folket:
Gabriellas sång feat Maria Haukås Storeng
Hallelujah. Featuring Maria Haukås Storeng:
Hold on be strong Maria Haukås Storeng
Mercy feat Maria Haukås Storeng, Shirley Clamp
Singing in the rain, feat Maria Haukås Storeng –
Something stupid, feat Maria Haukås Storeng
Visa vid vindens ängar:
NEW SONGS PRESENTED AT THE SLUSEROCK FESTIVAL:
Intro: Oldboy / Dovregubbens hall (vid by Susannization:)
Europe skies: (vid by Venchem)
Abandoned, by Susannization:
Always a woman:
Barndance: (by Venchem)
Why not me (vid by Venchem)
Roll with the wind (vid by Susannization):
I’m in love / fairytale (vid by Susannization):
(vid by Venchem:)
(vid by MistOnTheHills (only I’m in love):)
Jitka’s playlist of 60 songs (choose play all):
You can listen to the fiddler’s first album, “Fairytales”, on his official MySpace page.
(Written by Irena Bay)
Once upon a time, there was a boy who had a dream of making people smile – a dream of telling them a story with his song. His dream came true!
It was on May 16th, 2009, in the Russian capital Moscow, when Alexander Rybak’s song, smile and fiddle enchanted the hearts of the people of Europe. It won him the Eurovision Song Contest trophy and awarded him with the highest number of points ever achieved in the contest: 387! Ever since that day, mobile phones all over Europe, and in the rest of the world too, ring the melody of “Fairytale” into outer space! 🙂
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and to be loved in return!”
Alexander Rybak was born as a cute, stubborn and talented baby on May 13th, 1986, in Minsk, Belarus (which was part of the Soviet Union back then) to pianist Natalia and the violinist Igor. When Alexander was three years old, his father Igor went touring with a musical ensemble, and before he realized what had hit him, he helplessly “left his heart in Norway”! He decided to stay there. Strange times began for the little family: the mother Natalia was left alone in Belarus with the little boy, while the father Igor worked very hard in Oslo for a few years to save up money so that he would be able to bring his family over to this Scandinavian country. It must have been a lonely and difficult time for all of them.
But then the BIG day arrived! Alexander, who was five years old, and his mother took a train to Oslo. They traveled for two days through the heart of Europe to be greeted by Alex’s father and the fresh Norwegian air. Soon, they found a house in Nesodden – a district on the peninsula Nesoddtangen in the Osloer fjord (which is a salt-water lake). They still live in Nesodden to this date, by the way.
Throughout this time, Alexander was taught how to play the piano, and when they arrived in Norway, his father started to teach him how to play the violin. Very soon, Igor realized that his son had great potential in music, and decided to direct his son’s focus onto the violin.
While most Norwegian kids would be busy playing outside, Alexander had to stay in and play the violin for hours on end each day. “This stinks!” he would think. “I don’t want to!” he would tell his parents. It was no use. At times, this caused Alex to become very frustrated and angry. To calm him down, his parents bought him LEGOs to play with. That made it a bit better! 🙂
Life was not so easy for the young fiddler. He did not speak Norwegian, and thus could not understand the kids at school and they could not understand him. This made the little boy sad. Some of the kids weren’t so nice to him either – he looked different, dressed different, and played the violin aaaaall theeee tiiiime! Unfortunately, some children bullied him because of this. Luckily, he did manage to find a couple of close friends, and they helped him get by each day.
Later, when he reached the age of ten and started attending the music school in Olso called “The Barratt Due Academy”, Alex was making lots of friends. How did he manage to do so, you ask? By cracking jokes! That’s why he is so funny today – he’s been goofing around ever since he was a child;) And that’s one thing what we like about him: his sense of humor!
But cracking jokes was not enough to make the girls like him. He thought about that a lot. So, he decided to become a singer! (Well, you know, ’cause the girls like singers! ;)) But how could he do that? He thought some more.
Meanwhile, being a student of the music school, the fiddler realized that his teachers and parents wanted him to perform music in a more conventional manner. That wasn’t exactly what he wanted to hear. So, he fought with them, trying to play music they way it was supposed to be played according to his heart. Sometimes he won the fights; at other times, he was not heard.
Alexander soon began to realize the three important things which would influence his life forever:
Most people did not believe in Alex’s vision of how music should be played, and so one of the greatest obstacles he faced was to actually get people to listen to him. However, once he managed to do so, the surprise on his audience’s faces – the eyes that sparkled with dreams and the smiles that illuminated the entire room – was the greatest thing he had ever witnessed! The feeling that overcame him when he could make people smile in such a way was “fantastisk” (Norwegian for “fantastic”). He reached the conclusion that one must always do what their heart urges is best, despite what all others might claim.
“Someday, you all will see it!” And he was right: we all see it now. 🙂
Things are very complicated in life. For example, he was born in Belarus, but lived most of his life in Norway. Is he Belarusian or Norwegian? He would always be considered Norwegian to the Belarusians and Belarusian to the Norwegians. Very confusing, as you see. There are no right or wrong answers, so how does one answer them? The trick is to keep it simple! “My roots are human!” Alexander realized that the most beautiful things in the world are often simple: the air up in the mountains of the Norwegian island Giske, for instance. Or Norwegian folk songs and old Soviet movie soundtracks: their melodies are beautiful because they are simple. Or girls smiling: just a smile, a simple smile, and he lost his head again! Yes, yes – he thought a looooot about girls!
When you try new things, you are bound to make mistakes – ’cause you’ve never done it before! That makes sense. He will make mistakes, and learn from them. He knows that he should never lose faith in himself, try to be someone he’s not, or says things that other people want him to say. It’s better to make mistakes rather than to stop being truthful to one’s self.
So years passed by and the desire to fulfill his dream became stronger (while his interest in girls also became stronger – LOL, I am sticking to my theory here, people. Why? See point nr. 3). Alex was very lucky, ’cause he turned out to have grown into a really cute teenage-boy. (Well, yes, he had pimples, too, but he still was really handsome). And he started developing greater interest in singing and jazz music. Ever since he was a young boy, he has been composing songs and it was only natural that one day, he would want to share his music with the world. He wanted to be seen! He wanted to be on stage! So he decided to test the waters of the pop music world.
You can imagine the shock he gave his parents (who were classical musicians) and his music teachers with this grand decision, especially since he was such a gifted violinist. He had even won numerous competitions in classical music, including the “Annual Anders Culture Prize” in 2004. They tried to talk him out of it. But it was a good thing that he had already established his three-point-theory in his heart – at least, that is what I believe. 😉
As a first step, he tried auditioning for the Norwegian TV show “Idol” and sang “My song”. He stank and was rejected. (Maybe he was rejected because it was not really “his” song?) Anyway, he knew that he stank, so he practiced some more and tried out for Norwegian TV competition “Kjempesjansen” in 2006. This show basically screamed “This is THE freaking chance of your life, Alexander Rybak! Show us what you’re really made of. It’s now or never!”
By this time, Alexander was fully fluent in Norwegian, so he understood the meaning of “Kjempesjansen”. He went home and composed his jazzy song “Foolin’ ” This time, he had listened to his heart. Point #4 was added to the list: To tell people a story! A story about himself. And so, on this show, he accompanied himself on several instruments and sang a song which was truly “his” song- and he won gloriously!
Things began to look good for the fiddler! He was becoming recognized for his own unique music (points 1, 2, 3 & 4). He impressed a few folks in the music business in Norway and was invited to perform in the musical “The Fiddler on the Roof” – but that wasn’t all: he was considered such a precious talent that the producers of the musical wrote a part specially for him! A part that was not in the original production! He gained a lot of experience at the theater (with 97 performances) and proved that he was not bad in acting either. His performance in the musical was awarded with the “Hedda Prize” in 2007, and that led to the offer of a supporting role in the children’s movie “Yohann – Barnevanderen” where he played a gypsy.
After that, the fiddler took his fiddle and went “loffen” (or something like that) on the island Giske again – he likes to do that in the summer time. “Loffen” is a Norwegian tradition where the wanderers knock at people’s doors and, in exchange for some help with chores, they can spend the night at their house, get something to eat and get to know the hosts. This is where the fiddler learned that flirting with the girls in front of their fathers is not such a good idea.
Anyway, since the fiddler can’t really build cupboards and is not so good with doing the dishes, he played his violin and sang for the hosts. By then, he was quite popular in Norway, so after some time on his trip, people started to follow him like in the movie “Forrest Gump”. 🙂
One day, the fiddler stopped to rest from hiking on a mountain. The view was incredible! The nature was overwhelming! The warmth of the sun made you feel alive! (LOL, I am talking like I was there! FYI: I wasn’t). Alex took his fiddle out of its black case and let his hands do whatever they wanted. After some time of playing and drifting off into a little daydream, he heard himself playing a melody. “That’s sounded nice! What is it again?” It was only later that he realized that the melody was his own creation! The following days, he walked and hummed it. Bit by bit, word by word, a song was born. A song about a lost first love and a song about the faith in love! A fairytale! He went through his four-point-plan of his “Fulfilling Your Dreams” project and stopped at number 2.
It was clear to him very early on that he had to perform this song at a place where it could get the recognition it deserved: The Eurovision Song Contest!
It was as if destiny had laid the path out for him: that very year, the contest would be taken place in Moscow! He, who was born in the Soviet Union, should participate in a contest in front of the people who were connected to him by history, culture and language! So much destiny that it can freak you out, to be honest. So he sweat blood and tears practicing non-stop during those six months before contest.
There was another wondrous “written in the stars” element about the Eurovision fairytale: his path was crossed by a group of dancers who preserved the tradition of Norwegian folk dances, “The Frikar Dance Company”. Their presence on the stage behind this boy who was once strange and but enchanted by the world – while he, himself, had the power to enchant the world – would lift up the simple melody that swings the chords of magic.
The rest is history, my friends! 🙂
He came. He saw. He won.
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and be loved in return.”
“What’s up with the quote, Irena?”, you ask. Well, life goes on…after some time, the three-point program of the project “Live Your Dreams” becomes a four-point program … then, with new dreams, a six-point project…you get the idea.
So, this is not the end of a fairytale …
…THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING !
* Date of birth: May 13th, 1986
* Place of birth: in Minsk (Belarus)
* Mother: Natalia Gurina
* Father: Igor Rybak
* Immigration to Norway: 1991/1992
* Student of classical music and violin at “Barrat Due Academy” in Oslo
* Concert director of the “Ung Symfoni” orchestra in Bergen (Norway)
* “Anders Award” 2004
* Participation in the TV show “Idol” in 2005
* “Kjempesjansen” 2006 with the self-composed song “Foolin'”
* “Heddaprisen” for “Fiddler on the Roof” 2007
* Supporting role in the movie “Yohan” (released in 2010)
* ESC 2009: 387 points of a total 2436 points which is a record in the history of Eurovision Song Contest … 15,89% voted for him
* For ESC.today: Best Male Performance Award 2009 at ESC with 47.8% of the votes.
* “Marcel Bezencon Award: Press Award 2009” at the ESC
* The video of his performance of “Fairytale” in ESC on youtube has over 60 million views
* On May 18th, “Fairytale” reached # 1 on iTunes
* leading role in the opera-musical “Some Sunny Nights” in 2009
* Lent his voice for the animated movie “How to Train a Dragon” (DreamWorks) in 2010
Languages: Russian, Norwegian, English
Instruments: violin, piano, guitar, violin as banjo 😉
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