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: POP MUSIC CONNECTS PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AS IF THEY WERE ONE SOUL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
Text to photo: Ten years: It is 10 years since Alexander Rybak brought the victory home in Eurovision Song Contest. Here he celebrates the victory. Photo: Henning Lillegård
Source: Db.no Pluss, published 17.05.2019. Text by Mathilde Lea. Translation by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Anni Jowett.
It’s been unresolved for ten years, tells Alexander Rybak. This week it’s the ten year anniversary of the “Fairytale” adventure in Moscow.
It’s the biggest thing that has happened, and probably will happen, in my life, says Alexander Rybak to Dagbladet. This week it’s exactly ten years since he won the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow with the song “Fairytale”.
“I’m in love with a fairytale, even though it hurts. Cause I don’t care if I lose my mind. I’m already cursed.”
Article from “Komsomolskaya Pravda in Ukraine” published on 13.05.2019 Source: www.kp.ua. Interview by Igor Kiprianov Found and translated by Anastasia Silakova- Revised by Anni Jowett
Exactly 10 years ago Alexander Rybak won Eurovision with a romantic song “Fairytale”. Back then the singer received a record-scoring 387 points.
Eurovision 2019 starts on the 14th of May, therefore, it was interesting to discuss the current specialities of the euroshow with the Norwegian musician of Belarusian origin. The birthday was another good reason for this conversation: Alexander turns 33 on the 13th of May.
Eleven days this summer Alexander Rybak from Nesodden went from door to door at Sunnmøre (in the north-west of Norway) with his fiddle on his shoulder.
Source: Paper issue of Amta (local paper in Nesodden), published 19.9.2008. Text: Trond Folckersahm. Photos: Trond Folckersahm and Alexander Rybak. The interview was done at the Opera House in Oslo. Translation by TessaLa, revision by Anni Jowett.
– A nerve-racking, exciting, challenging, eventful and fun experience, says Alexander, who has had a very active year.
He has, among other things, been on the stage in the role as the fiddler in “Spellemann på taket” (Fiddler on the Roof) at Oslo Nye Teater. There has also been time for the recording of a movie. Alexander has a musical role, as the gypsy Levi, in the big production «Yohan», which will premier in Norwegian cinemas next year. Concerts have of course been on the schedule. But the “raisin in the sausage” may have been the ten days on “loffen” in Giske municipality in Sunnmøre with his fiddle on his back. A maybe some unusual “stunt” from a classically trained violinist. Text to photo: Alexander has been on the theater stage, film studio and on “loffen” this year. Who knows, maybe the opera stage is next.
Next week Alexander Rybak will go from door to door in Giske municipality and play violin and get shelter and food in return.
Souce: Paper issue of Sunnmørsposten, published 19. July 2008. Text and photo: Nils-Ove Støbakk.
– I have read stories about “øyloffing” (island hopping) and wondering where people stayed on such a trip. Then I decided I would stay with strangers.
Alexander Rybak is not exactly the prototype of a traveling troubadour, although he will until next Sunday be strolling
around the islands Valderøya, Vigra, Giske and Godøya with the violin under his arm.
Last year Alexander was instructor at the Summer School orchestra School at Borgund Folkehøgskule. He got the chance to see the view from Fjellstua, and then he got the idea. – It was the best view ever! It looked very nice on the islands, so I thought that I would try loffing there.Continue reading The wandering fiddler — Alexander Rybak — summer 2008→
It is no coincidence that Askim became one of the first stopovers for Alexander Rybak on his anniversary tour.
Source: smaalenene.no, published 10.04.2019 Text: Karina Torberntsson Found and provided by May E. Nipen. Translated by TessaLa, revcision by Anni Jowett. Featured picture: Alexander’s official anniversary tour photo (not used in the original article).
The popular violinist has a special relationship with Indre Østfold.
– I have only had one concert before the “10 years of fairytales” concert at Askim culture house this Thursday. One of the reasons I come to Indre Østfold so early on the tour is that I feel confident about the audience. Both during the Soot-Play and seminars, I always get an incredibly good response. The people here are very calm, which is no wonder since they live in such beautiful surroundings. It’s a completely different pace here than in Oslo. The audience is more focused and alert, which I, as a classical musician, greatly appreciate. It seems that they are extra receptive when I fire up an energy-rich song on stage, says Alexander Rybak. Continue reading Alexander Rybak has a special relationship with Indre Østfold (Norway)→
As the winner of Melodi Grand Prix 2018 Alexander would perform his last year’s winning song “That’s How You Write a Song” in the MGP final in 2019. It was also 10 years since he won an all time high with his legendary “Fairytale”, and Alexander surprised us all with a fantastic medley of not only his own two winner songs, but also gave a tribute to Norway’s two other Eurovision winner’s songs “La det swinge” and “Nocturne” .
The response from the audience was tremendous, and he really made a great opening to get the show really started 🙂 Continue reading A fantastic and powerful opening act of MGP 2019 by Alexander Rybak→
An interview with Alexander Rybak and Ingrid Berg Mehus at Barratt Due, where they Saturday 23th February played a concert together. Source: paper issue of Dagbladet 26.2.19 and db.no 27.2.19 Text: Amanda Strand Askeland. Photos: Original article photos by Christian Roth Christensen is not use in this post. Romerikes Blad 25.2.19. Found by Anastasia Silakova, translated by TessaLa, revised by Anni Jowett.
Singers, violinists and composers. Ingrid Berg Mehus and Alexander Rybak have a lot in common.
Alexander Igoryevich Rybak is a Norwegian composer and singer who represented Norway in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, and won first place with his song “Fairytale” with a record breaking number of points. His debut album “Fairytales” attracted a lot of positive attention, and charted in the top best-selling music lists in nine countries.He also represented Norway in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, and recently collaborated with the Iranian singer Arad Aria, producing their single called “After You”. The cooperation of a foreign artist with an Iranian has always been regarded a positive experience. We conducted an interview with Alexander Rybak and Arad Aria regarding their collaboration. Continue reading Interview with Alexander Rybak and Arad Aria about their musical collaboration→
The “Stille Natt Hellige Natt” concert is as good as expected. In one evening, Grorud church was filled to the brim twice, and the audience came even from Nottingham as well as Moscow!
Source: Akers Avis, published 21.12.18. Text and photos: ROLF E. WULFF
Translated by TessaLa, revision by Anni Jowett and Anastasia Silakova.
For 30 years, the “Mother of all Christmas concerts” has travelled around to churches with professional artists to sing the Christmas message and unify the religious festival and joy. Rune Larsen has been a part of this for 17 years in a row, and once again he realised that he and the rest of the singers and musicians had come to the favourite church of all – Grorud Church. Continue reading Alexander Rybak and “Stille Natt Hellige Natt” in Grorud church 10.12.18→
A sparkling good Maria in “the Mother of all Christmas Concerts”
Text to the cover picture: SOLD OUT: Two full churches at Finnsnes last night at the Christmas concert with Maria Haukaas Mittet, Rune Larsen, Tor Endresen, Alexander Rybak and Lisa Børud.
Source: Folkebladet. Published 23.11.18. Text by Reidar Ingebrigtsen. Photo: Trond Sandnes.Translated by TessaLa, revision by Anni Jowett.
30 YEARS ago, the producer Tore Arne Ranghus had an idea.In short, this idea was about organising church concerts in the pre-Christmas time.But to succeed one hundred percent with this he had to bring with him a bunch of well-known artists.The first gang of the “Stille Natt Heilige Natt” concert was Anita Skogan, Karoline Krüger, Nora Brockstedt and Karstein Isachsen. Since that time, more than 500,000 people have settled in front of a tour team with stage performers who have come and gone, where our own Maria Haukaas Mittet is in her fourth season of Ranghus’ team. Continue reading Alexander Rybak and “Stille Natt Hellige Natt” in Finnsnes church, article in Folkebladet 23.11.18→
Alexander Rybak learned to joik in the Norwegian TV-show “Muitte Mu”.
In September 2017 Alexander spent 3 days in Kirkenes in Northern Norway together with his mentor Frode Fjellheim to learn the Sami joik. After that he went home to compose his first joik “Let The Music Guide You”. The joik was performed for the first time in front of an invited audience in Karasjok in Northern Norway in February this year.
The 3 days in Kirkenes and the performance in Karasjok were broadcast on NRK 10th of November 2018. “Let The Music Guide You” is a mix of English lyrics and joik, and less than a week after the release it was a hit on YouTube. You can read more about that and Alexander’s reaction to this below the video.
It’s a valuable promotion when Alexander Rybak shows beautiful Sør-Varanger in Muitte Mu.
The artists in “Muitte Mu-(Remember me)”, about coming to Kirkenes and Sør-Varanger
The artists who come to Sør-Varanger say they experience a unique tranquility here, tells Ole Rune Hætta, editor of NRK Sápmi and co-responsible for this year’s season of the programme “Muitte Mu-Remember Me.”
Article published in Sør-Varanger Avis on 16/11/2018 Author: Kjersti Sundland , Found by TessaLa, Translation by Jorunn Ekre. revision by Anni Jowett
With Alexander Rybak as one of the personalities, the images from Sør-Varanger will reach fans in a number of countries worldwide.
The artists who have joined us in Kirkenes and Øst-Finnmark express that they have experienced a unique, almost indescribable tranquility when they get here, tells Hætta to SA.
Alexander Rybak with a brilliant performance at Se&Hør’s 40 years anniversary show in Oslo Spektrum, Norway.
Alexander performed “Fairytale”. He accompanied on violin when Elisabeth Andreassen sang the beautiful song “Danse mot vår” and he did a brilliant violin performance of the super hits “The Final Count Down” by Europe and AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” together with Elisabeth Andreassen and Atle Pettersen.