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Review of Christmas concert with Alexander Rybak in Fredrikstad 09.12.2012.

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.

Continue reading Review of Christmas concert with Alexander Rybak in Fredrikstad 09.12.2012.

Alexander Rybak about Romanian X-Factor., 12.12.2011

Link to the source:

To read this interview in Google translation click  here

Continue reading Alexander Rybak about Romanian X-Factor., 12.12.2011

Alexander’s concerts in China were cancelled due to politics

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!

More articles about the cancellation here:

Found by Hege Anita SteinvikVG Newspaper

Found by Sara Anja RuskeDagbladet Newspaper

Found by Vigdis ArSide2 website

Alexander Rybak in the morning show on the Ukrainian L-Radio, October 5th, 2010

(recorded by Yannis Papadopoulos, English translation and subtitles by Olina Novikova)

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Happy birthday, “Fans own poems and lyrics” thread!

Calliope, the Muse of Poetry

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 🙂

Link to the thread:

Video invitation

Sample poem, by Marianne:


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!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations, Alex!

Alexander won one MUZ-TV award in Moscow tonight! Best Breakthrough 2009! Congratulations from all your Facebookies!

Video of Alexander receiving the prize, recorded and uploaded by Rybachka1.
Article from NRK (Norwegian TV), researched by Sara Anja Ruske and translated astonishingly fast by Marianne Saietz.
Alexander Rybak won the award for “breakthrough of the year” at the distribution of the high-prestigeous russian music-awards in Moscow tonight.
by Morten Ruud – 11.6.2010
He got the award for last years European Song Contest-winner «Fairytale».

2 Articles + Video: “Rybak ran for life” – “Supported UNICEF”. June 3th, 2010

Rybak ran for life Hamar Arbeiderblad 3.6.10, by Anne Bergsengene

Translation by Marianne Saietz

Original article:

Alexander Rybak was the main attraction yesterday, when the pupils of Fagerlund school, ran for children in Africa.

Brumunddal: The spirit was high and the autograph-hunters were eager, when Fairytale Alexander spent some morning hours at Fagerlund School yesterday. And even though the artist couldn´t play the fiddle because of an injured hand, and insisted that he couldn´t sing either, the children were very happy to have him as visitor. Continue reading 2 Articles + Video: “Rybak ran for life” — “Supported UNICEF”. June 3th, 2010

Alex and Lena Meyer-Landrut in German TV show “TV Total”, May 25th, 2010

Please, enjoy the result of collective work of Facebookies bunch! Recording by Petronella May, English thranslation by Melanie Mazur and subs by Julia Bezbakh.

Russian translation & subs are in the process;))

Part 1.

Part 2.

Attention! MuzTV awards – new voting instructions!

Dear friends!

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!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR OUR NON-RUSSIAN SPEAKING FRIENDS ON HOW TO REGISTER AND VOTE: Continue reading Attention! MuzTV awards — new voting instructions!

“The Perfect Birthday Present for the Fiddler II or GUYS, HURRY!!! HURRY!!!” in your movies out now! ;)

Hey guys!!

If you want to participate in our birthday present for the fiddler, you have to hurry!


(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:

Swift/bic: NDEANOKK

IBAN: NO6361820539523

Mark the payment:

«Donation for Playing for a Future»

And don’t forget that the money transaction needs sometimes up to 5 business days !!!

More information and me rambling about it:

“The Perfect Present” by Renia Thenou aka Dr. Renia & “Rybak’s FaceBookies Times”

You want to know more about it?

Please click here:

Bergen Youth Orchestra in Japan with Alexander Rybak – Report from the tour. March 29th – April 4th, 2010

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

Collection of articles about Alex, April 7th – 10th, 2010

Norwegian press about Alex’s nomination in the most coveted Russian Music Awards “Muz TV 2010”

(researched by Ingegerd Claesson)

1), April 7th, 2010 – VG has written about Alexander being nominated for Russian Music Award. It looks like they got the information from Facebook. Continue reading Collection of articles about Alex, April 7th — 10th, 2010

Alexander in ” Fredag ” a Norwegian talkshow on TV2 09.04.2010

A short article about the interview with Alexander from the show:

google transl:

The concerts in Japan. Bergen Youth Orchestra with Alexander Rybak as solo-violinist. March 29th – April 3rd, 2010

Google-translation from Japanese. Thanks to Milena Wiatrak for all the links.

Alexander will take part in the 2 concerts on April 1st, 2010 and April 3rd, 2010


PROGRAM Continue reading The concerts in Japan. Bergen Youth Orchestra with Alexander Rybak as solo-violinist. March 29th — April 3rd, 2010

Cheap airfare to Istanbul

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A collection of articles about Alexander from Norwegian press, March 22th, 2010

1. Orkester-Forum (paper edition): “Alexander on-the-road”

researched by Anne Liisa Gustavsen

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.

The second is an article on page 11 about Ung Symfoni (Young Symphony Orchestra). They are going to Japan at Easter, and Alex is going with them as a soloist. Continue reading A collection of articles about Alexander from Norwegian press, March 22th, 2010

Information about Accomodation!

Accommodation (hostels, campsites and cheap hotels)


(researched by Mariy Grenaderova) 10% advance payment, no commission (when you enter the e-mail), you can cancel your reservation with a return of 10% for a small fee Continue reading Information about Accomodation!

Information about flights, trains and buses around Europe!


(gathered by Mariy Grenaderova)

Airplanes low cost and discount stores.

cheapest in Europe: , , , Continue reading Information about flights, trains and buses around Europe!

GIGs 2010

Many thanks for the pictures of  Sørumsand and Prague concerts to our dear Facebookies Jitka, Elin, Alev, Patrycja and Snezhanna!

And thanks to Asya for creating the Tallinn gallery!

Gala Concert on 25th April 2010 in Oslo!


You still don´t know how to travel to Oslo for the Menuhin Competition Gala Concert on 25th April 2010? To make it much easier for you just follow the links!

Flights to Oslo:

Tickets for the concert:

Accomodation in Oslo:

Alexander at the Swedish Eurovision Final – 13 March 2010

(found by Marianne Saietz)

Performing “Fairytale”

Alex announce the voting results for Norway

Collection of news all over the world from March 8th, 2010 – March 9th

Igor Rybak, Per Sundess and Alex’s manager Kathrine Synnes Finnskog about Alex’s exhaustion and possible quitting out of the pop music business in 2011


google translation Continue reading Collection of news all over the world from March 8th, 2010

A library of articles, interviews and videos from Greece (collected, translated and uploaded by Yannis)

Yannis’ blog with Greek press (translated):

Yannis’  youtube channel 1 “Greek News on A. Rybak”: Continue reading A library of articles, interviews and videos from Greece (collected, translated and uploaded by Yannis)

Press on the “Spellemannprisen 2009”

(by Venche)

March 7th, 2010 –

Aftenposten Continue reading Press on the “Spellemannprisen 2009”

Video: Concert-videos from Prague-concert Feb. 25th 2010

The Concert

Springleik – by Julia

Roll with the Wind – By Alev

Dolphin – By Marion K.

Continue reading Video: Concert-videos from Prague-concert Feb. 25th 2010

Alex in Lyublyana (Slovenia), 21 Febr. 2010 – playing J.Bach – Chaconne in D-minor

Alexander Rybak’s interview in the Slovenian TV-Show NLP-Fokus, 21.02.10
In the second part of the show Alexander played the violin-solo Chaccone by Bakh.

English translation by Vita Trefalt. Russian translation and subtitles by Sonya Luzina

Slovenian Final ESC, Lyublyana Febr. 21 2010 – video

Fine quality video from Alexander’s performance at the Slovenian Final ESC, Lyublyana Febr. 21 2010

European events 2010

Fairy Rain by Irina Ischenko

Composed by Irina Ischenko