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→
Interview in the November 2015 issue of the magazine “Viking” by Sons of Norway.
Multi-talented musician Alexander Rybak has been playing the violin and singing from a young age. In 2009, he won the Eurovision Song Contest with a pop number but today remains dedicated to his classical training. Rybak spent much of his childhood in Nesodden, Norway. He describes the region as a paradise: “I remember the sea, the fresh forests and the kind people”. These days, Rybak is expanding his resume as an author with his musical in a book, “Trolle and the Magic Fiddle”. Continue reading Alexander Rybak in the magazine “Viking” by Sons of Norway, November 2015→
Report written by Marianne Mata Hari Saietz and The Facebookies. Photos: The Facebookies.
A video-clip from “Skogheim flytter inn” where Alexander talks about the Facebookies and the Farm-meeting. Broadcasted on Tv2 Norway- 28.02.12
This is a report about a fairytale, that happened long ago in July 2011. No reports have been published about the Farm-meeting until now but in the TV-program “Skogheim moves in” (28.2.2012), Alexander told about his meeting with 80 Facebookies from 30 countries at a private farm after the Giske-concert. Since this piece of information could make people curious or confused, we decided to write a short report and tell some more facts about it. Continue reading The Farm-Fairytale. A Facebookies report. July 29th 2011→
Alexander with the fiddle in Gomerhuset. Came, played, sаng and won!
Article written by Bjørn Steinar Skarbø
It was full house and a good atmosphere from first to last tone in Gomerhuset in Skodje when Alexander Rybak had a concert with band and more than 100 young musicians from Aalesund Orchestra School.
And Rybak really showed us the combination he is known for, as both talented musician and entertainer. And if we add that he also let many of the young people get the chance to show their skills, combined with a solid grip on the audience, it was not a surprise that it was a success. At least not since many in the audience had a close relationship with one or several people on stage.
Musically it was a versatile concert Rybak presented. Of course “Fairytale” was played, in this occasion renamed to “Musevisa” (It’s his usual joke where he rename Fairytale to a welknown song due to the country he is in. “Musevisa” is a Norwegian well known children song.F.e. Tessa La). In Sweden he used another songtitle., and there were both classical and folk and pop songs, part of it in English and Swedish. With his own band in the middle of all the young strings, could he add extra rhythm, pressure and beat to the music, which was exploited in a great way.
Alexander made a premiere of his new music project with School Orchestra and his old band this Wednesday, August 10, 2010 in Ålesund, Fjord Cadenza. It appeared a great mix of classic, jazz and pop music! Many thanks to our dear facebookie Sabine Fundel for making the recording of all songs! 🙂
Found and translated by Tessa La Photo improved by Alev Can Revised by Bita J.
Reporter: Gry Støre
Photo: Nils Harald Ånstad
New round with Alexander Rybak
Alexander is back as an instructor at Aalesund Orchestra School, and is more nervous than he was before Grand Prix.
“This is something totally new for me, because this time it’s my own project. It shapes my future”, Alexander Rybak (25) says.
“This is what I like to work with. To make concerts with children and young people which turns into unique experiences for the audience. It’s regardless of age and music tastes. A little pop, some classical and some folk songs”, he says.