Article published in the paper-issue of Fredrikstad Blad 10.12.2012.
Author: Guttorm O. Ihlebæk. Photo: Kent Inge Olsen
English translation by Laila S. English revision by Katie Anderson
Colors: The Artists used various colors in the lightning to make some effect.
Very good pop
Seen from a more classical point of view, there are some conditions of the ‘Stille Natt, Hellig Natt’ Christmas concert’s concept that seem problematic. It is firstly about the authenticity of the concept.
The artists slip in covered by an acoustic backdrop made in an artificial way, while the altar area of the Cathedral is artificially colored with blue light, and later with several other quite flashy colors.
A superb sound system is backing up the singers and the instrumentalists, and they wants us to believe ‘This is how they sing and play’. But this can only be judged without help from the sound system. As a whole, the concept could be seen as smooth, un-authentic and calculated.
Alexander was going to perform in China on 1, 2 and 5 November for the musical “Some Sunny Night” by Thomas Stanghelle, where he portrays Ketil Moe, a respected figure among Norwegian athletes, who gave a personal fight against cystic fibrosis. His parents would participate as well.
Unfortunately, the concerts were suddenly cancelled by the Chinese Department of Culture yesterday, in the context of the general anger of the Chinese government against Norway, after the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiabo, a dissident and political prisoner in China. No other Norwegian artists are known to face similar problems in China so far.
Alexander talked to NRK and TV2 about this issue. Links found by Marianne Saietz (who also pays the subscription to let us watch TV2!) and Vigdis Ar. Uploading by Yannis Papadopoulos. Many thanks for the translation to Tessa La!
On 15 July 2009 a new thread was created on Planet Rybak, a newborn then. It was the thread called “Fans own poems and lyrics”, made by Marianne Saietz. During the last year this thread has inspired many Facebookies to express their feelings by creating hundreds of excellent poems! It has also given birth to four SONG BOOKS released by the Facebookies so far, and counting! It has been the earliest sign of the world-famous Facebookies creativity!
On 15 July 2010 we are celebrating its birthday. You are all invited to leave a rhyme, a limerick, a poem, anything 🙂
And finally, the fans will sleep And no one will the facebook keep The latest topic now must wait The wild ideas can hesitate The cleaning-people sweeps the floor clean up the links and threads and more The lights go out and all is shade And even words stay up too late
TA-TAM-DAM!!! We have one more party! First anniversary of the very first project of FaceBookies! I think I should just quote the person, who made this project came true and who deserved to be on top of this unique holiday! Of course, this is our genius Chief Editor, Mistress IRENA BAY😉 Continue reading HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to the BOOK!!!!!!!!!→
As you may see, MuzTV webpage has changed its design and now the voting became more complicated for our dear non-Russian speaking friends. But the FaceBookies never sleep 😉 So, now we have made new voting instructions for you:)) Don’t stop voting, please!
If you want to participate in our birthday present for the fiddler, you have to hurry!
ONLY 8 DAYS LEFT!!
(watercolor by the FaceBookie Ingegerd)
OK, for those who missed what it is about:
Alex has birthday on May 13th and we decided to support a charity project which gives children all over the world a chance to learn an instrument. It’s called “Playing for a Future” and is run by Valdres Sommersymfoni, which is a music school in Norway. The music school has opened an account for us and we are sending money to it until May 12th. On May 13th, Valdres Sommersymfoni is going to tell Alex about his present and tell us how much we raised.
How is that a present for Alex, you are asking yourself?
Well, it really simple! It’s like math … the circle of life … a formula of happiness:
The fiddler was born -> the music changed his life and made his dreams come true -> the fiddler makes music -> that makes us very happy -> we want to share this happiness with more people and children and make their dreams come true -> the kids in poor countries who have never ever heard of Alexander Rybak and do not knew about his existence will get an opportunity to become professional musicians and an alternative to a life in poverty BECAUSE OF ALEXANDER RYBAK -> that will make them happy -> which will make Alex happy BECAUSE HE MADE THIS WORLD BETTER BY JUST BEING HERE !!! And we will let him know that on his birthday!
You are nodding and smiling. 🙂 I see that you agree with me!
(video by the FaceBookie Marion Kubek)
Ok then, hurry and send money to:
(no matter how much/ more is better, of course/ but also 1 € or 1 $ is great)
Account holder: Nor-Aurdal kommune (municipality)
Account no.: 6182.05.39523
Bank address: Nordea Bank Norge Asa, postboks 1166 Sentrum, 0107 Oslo
People who live in other EU countries need the swift/bic & iban numbers:
Mark the payment:
«Donation for Playing for a Future»
And don’t forget that the money transaction needs sometimes up to 5 business days !!!
From March 29th – April 4th, 2010 – Alexander accompanied the Youth Orchestra “Ung Symfoni” on a concert-tour in Japan. The report is written by Elisabet Haavet and was found at the webpage of UNG SYMFONI, HORDALAND
Translation of the last parts of the report, in which Alexander is mentioned by Marianne Saietz:
“The concert in Osaka, would take place in the amazing IZUMI HALL. It was right next to the hotel and everybody got VIP-cards to get in and out. It was a big pleasure to practise there and people were well-rested from beds, spa and Ferris wheel. Funny, it was also, to accompany and sing back-vocals for Alexander Rybak – still a bit ours!! – and the orchestra took it as good sports, that he changed the partitur 140 times along the way. Swing it did and at the concert, he made the Japanese sing along and clap too. Continue reading Bergen Youth Orchestra in Japan with Alexander Rybak — Report from the tour. March 29th — April 4th, 2010→
The first is a nice interview with Alex on page 8-9, about his new record, orchestra playing, teaching on orchestra courses, what is a good teacher, practicing when one is young and something about the Jante law.