Together with director Tom Sterri and musical director Øysten Lund Olafsen, they have dug deep into their musical pockets and can promise an evening filled with nostalgia, a high sing along factor and a rock foot guarantee. There will be goodies for both ear, soul and laughter muscles!
Alexander and Stephen have known each other for 18 years and have thus inspired each other to develop their talents. Among other things, it was Stephen who inspired Alexander to expand his repertoire from a pure classical musician to also play with the more artistic, and he was a strong driver due to Alexander’s “Fairytale” which won the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow in 2009.
In “Alex & Ackles”, the audience will be taken on a musical journey through the careers of our two artists. There, the focus will be on new aspects of the artists both from the stage and privately. There will be bloated film music, Melodi Grand Prix, Elvis, Jahn Teigen and Erik Bye. In other words, varied and entertaining.
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.”
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’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.
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 Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak in Slovakia.
Alexander took part in the TV-show “Chart Show” which this time had the topic the biggest hits in Eurovision. Alexander’s “Fairytale” was ranked as number one and here you can watch his performance and interview in the show:
You all remember his song.
Source for text and videos: Markize.sk. Translation by Peťa Pítý Hauserová .
The talented young man represented Norway at the prestigious competition twice.
In 2009 he won the prestigious competition Eurovision Song Contest. Alexander Rybak, who was born in Belarus but represented Norway, won in a sovereign way. He got until then the highest number of points ever awarded.
With his “Fairytale”, to which he himself accompanied on the violin, he convinced most of the voting countries, where the song eventually became number one on the hit lists.
Last year, the talented young man represented Norway at the prestigious competition again. With the song “That’s How You Write A Song”, he didn’t repeat the success from years ago. Recently, however, he came to the Chart Show, where they rank the song (Fairytale) among the the biggest hits of Eurovision.
An interview presented by Marzika TV before the show eas broadcast. Translation by Peťa Pítý Hauserová .
Exactly 10 years after winning Eurovision in Moscow 2009, Alexander visited the Norwegian radio-show “Nitimen” on NRK1 and presented his newest song release “I’m Still Here”. A song to his fans who has followed him since his victory in 2009.
In the interview he also talk about his plans for vacation, the many anniversaries and birthdays in his family in May and the musical “Trolle”.
The interview is recorded by May Elisabeth Nipen, translated by TessaLA, Revision by Jorunn Ekre and Anni Jowett.Source: NRK1
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.
Ravn Studio receives EURO 150 000 in developing support for the platformer game of Alexander Rybak’s “Trolle og den magiske fela”.
The purpose of the video game contribution scheme is to strengthen the European gaming industry by supporting innovative content and creative storytelling, and helping to ensure that games reach their full international market potential.
Follow Alexander’s musical journey in 2019. Here you’ll find his upcoming events and links to videos, articles, interviews etc related to the events. The list is based on information on his official website, Alexander’s information or organizers information and advertising.
Alexander’s official event calendar you’ll find HERE
Dear readers, as this year comes to an end today, it’s the perfect time to remember what it has brought to us. We asked Alexander Rybak fans what were their favourite moments from 2018 and we publish the answers as a tribute to the passing year. Happy New Year…
My most memorable Rybak moment in 2018 is definitely when he was announced the winner of Melodi Grand Prix. Spektrum just exploded : ) Kari, Norway
My most nice moments: 1. Melodi Grand Prix in Spektrum. Niels, Netherlands
I would say when he won Melodi Grand Prix, that was just amazing. Jorunn, Norway
My favorite moment is MGP. I’m “a new fan” and it’s the first time I’ve seen a program like that, that I follow it, and I support it that way. and I loved it! I cried and enjoyed a lot, I’m really proud to be his fan and accompany him from a distance! Noelia, ArgentinaContinue reading Alexander Rybak Fans: Favourite moments from 2018→
What’s your favourite Alexander Rybak moment in 2018?
So it´s almost 2019 and we wish to collect «Fans favourite Alexander Rybakmoments from 2018». So if you have some favorite videos, photos, experiences or anything else from 2018 that you would like to share, your contribution will be very welcome.
The intention is to make a posting here on Alexander Rybak International Fansite on New Years Eve to show a bit of 2018 as the individual fans have experienced it. And it will be nice if you include your first name and country. Post your contribution in comment to this post on the Fansite or below the post in any of our social media. Everyone is welcome to participate until December 30 20:00 CET
Who: Alexander Rybak (31) What: Artist. Why: Participates in MGP with the song “That’s How You Write a Song”.
Source: Dagsavisen.no Text: Espen H. Rusdal. Photo: Julia Nagelstad. Found by Ulli C. Translated by Tessa La
Now you’re in MPG again. Is it like returning to familiar ground?
– Hee, hee certainly not. The only thing in common for 2009 and 2018 is that Oslo Spektrum seems as awesome as before. And I really look forward to joining Norway’s biggest music festival. Continue reading Alexander Rybak ready for MGP 9 years later→
Alexander was a guest in the Norwegian talk-show Lindmo on NRK1, Saturday 20. January 2018. The show was pre-recorded 16. January. It’s the first time Alexander visited this popular talk-show, and the occasion was Alexander’s participation in Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian selection for Eurovision Song Contest. You can read more about his participation in MGP 2018 HERE
May Elisabeth Nipen has recorded the interview and TessaLa and Anni Jowett have seen to that the video now has English subs 🙂
What great news! Alexander is taking part in MGP 2018
Alexander Rybak was presented as one of the 10 artists/composers who will take part in Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian selection for Eurovision 2018.
The presentation was broadcast and streamed live and below you’ll find a playlist of videos with subtitles from the presentation and several interviews made at the press conference. And of course his song 🙂
Some fans were in the audience at this event and gave us the inside scoop from the studio on this very exciting day! Please click HERE to read their report.