Alexander Rybak performing “Europe’s Skies” as interval act in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk, Belarus.
Article from the Ukrainian Internet magazine Shopper.Ua., published 1. November 2010
Translated by Sonya Luzina)
– I don’t dwell on my style. The main thing is that my clothes should be comfortable; it mustn’t constrain my movements on stage. Continue reading Alexander about his clothes
Thanks for videos to Maria Turchina, Irina Kuvaldina, Sophia Khodorovskaya, Julia Bezbakh, Susanne Berlin, Snezhanna Poluboyarinova and Tessa La
Recording by Maria Turchina
Funny little world
Recording by Maria Turchina
Enjoy the pictures from this great concert 🙂
Found and translated to English by Sonya Luzina, revison by Anni Jowett
He’s the favorite of millions of girls across Europe and despite his big popularity, he adores strawberry cocktails, he sees the world through childish naive eyes, and he smiles so sincerely and openly that you will start to believe in fairy tales!
The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, Alexander Rybak, continues his victorious journey across Europe. Ukraine doesn’t remain behind. Despite his busy schedule. Sasha has visited the place here already, at least three times, and he even has spent a small vacation somewhere and in the Ukrainian capital. The artist in secret has informed “ТК” [The Ukrainian magazine] that he prepares a pleasant surprise for the Ukrainian fans this autumn. What? He insisted not to tell, therefore we will only give a hint: there is a big tour of Sasha ahead.
– Sasha, it’s not your first time in Ukraine, not the first time in Kiev…
– But I feel like this is the first time. How many times I been? Three? Last year in the autumn I had a tour across Ukraine, but the schedule was very busy: interview, filming, performances, and the weather didn’t favor – it was very cold. And in the summer I came to perform only for three hours. There was no time even to see Kiev. And now everybody smiles warmly, girls in skirts.
– Did you take a walk in the city this time?
– Yes. Such beautiful buildings and architecture here! Kiev strongly differs from Moscow. It’s beautiful there too, but, probably, even with an overabundance. Over here buildings and historical monuments are where it’s suitable, therefore you estimate their beauty much more.
– You were born in Belarus, you live in Norway, now you often have to tour in different countries of Europe. Do you have a favorite city, a favorite country?
– My favorite country – Norway. Because I know very well the culture of this country, this nation, it is my family. And from the CIS countries, Baltic is very interesting to me. I’m inquisitive, to me everything is interesting: culture, architecture, history monuments. Besides, there are special people, very honest. In Norway, for example, people always smile to you, but most likely because it is so accepted. And they come with all their heart to you, sincerely. And it is visibly an unaided sight. And still, next to Norway and Belarus, I would place Finland. I love this country very much.
Alexander Rybak and Tomi Metsäketo, singing old russian romance: ” I met you”
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 Steinvik: VG Newspaper
Found by Sara Anja Ruske: Dagbladet Newspaper
Found by Vigdis Ar: Side2 website
In addition to sing his own songs, Alexander took place in the orchestra and joined them playing “Die Fledermaus” (The Bat) by Johann Strauss II.
(recording by Mary-Ann Hansson)
A new amazing video by Mirridin Din, with material from three Facebookies, Julia, Ira and Lilya, who were at Alexander’s music video shooting in Yalta, Ukraine!
Source: Blakors.no Published: October 2010
Thanks to Tessa La and Laila Ulvseth for the great translation!
The Norwegian fiddler, Alexander Rybak says he enjoys the role model status he seems to have achieved among children and adolescents. He regularly looking for good questions when the topic of alcohol and drug use is on the agenda.
It is not easy to get an interview with the famous son of Nesodden, Alexander Rybak. But in the end we got an one-hour talk in Oslo, on a nice sushi restaurant right next to Rybak’s apartment at Aker Brygge. The weather was so summary that we could sit outside – and with that we got a slightly view both of the Oslo Fjord and his childhood home there in the distance. Continue reading Alexander Rybak in the October issue of “Rusfri”- Norwegian Blue Cross magazine 2010
Videos from Alexander Rybak and Elisabeth Andreassen’s summer show Spellemenn at Hotel Klubben in Tønsberg Norway in July 2010.
Introduction+ “Det er vi ändå” ( by Kjersti )
Vic Arreg, Hilde Jordahl., Lubomira Lubka
A collection of the ‘” Tønsbookies” reports by Marianne Saietz.
On July 31st. 2010, Alexander Rybak was giving a concert, with Elisabeth Andreassen and their mutual musicians, in the norwegian town Tønsberg – a bit south of Oslo. More than 70 fans of Alexander, who met eachother on his official facebook-fanpage, had decided to meet eachother in Tønsberg and go to the concert together on july 31st. They planned the travel and the meeting for a long time. Early, they realized, that this was going to be the largest gathering of Rybaks Facebookies, ever! Continue reading Facebookies, reporting from Tønsberg. July 31st. 2010. PART 4
Alexander’s arrival in the airport of Lodz
Source: Harstad Tidene (ht.no)
The event was arranged by Visit Sweden and the hotel as a celebration of the long time Norwegian/Swedish collaboration. The Hotel was given Norway as a national gift by Sweden 50 years ago, and they invited all to a free event with artists from both Sweden and Norway.
It was an outdoor concert and unfortunately it was a heavy rain, but that didn’t stop Alexander for giving a performance. And thanks to Kjertsi T and Austen Potter who recorded Alexander’s performance, we can enjoy this concert too. 🙂
Alexander was one of the artists that performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2009, in Oslo Spektrum, Norway, in honor of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, who got the Nobel Peace Prize 2009. The concert was hosted by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
“Fairytale” was rearranged especially for this performance.
Alexander accidentally dropped his violin on the floor, and it got out of tune. This video shows the performance corrected by NRK, by using the sound from the last rehearsal before the concert.
(thanks to Olina Novikova for the videos)
(English translation by Ida Brøske Kleven, Russian translation and subs by Olina Novikova)
Since his winning of the ESC in Moscow – May 2009 – Alexander Rybak has visited 44 countries in Europe, America and Asia, where he has performed at public or private events we know about.
Latest country added: Slovakia – April 2019
Alexander performed “Skin” in the summer show “Spellemenn” (Fiddlers) in Tønsberg 2010. Enjoy this very touching performance, recorded by Julia Bezbakh in July 2010. Lyrics you’ll find below the video.
(Translation to English and photos by Tessa La)
Stole a kiss from the hero!
Alexander Rybak hugged his Facebook fans for two hours yesterday. However, only Victoria A. stole a kiss from the hero. Victoria A. was one of about 100 women and a man from 20 countries, who via the Facebook site of Rybak fans had gathered in the city to watch the hero play last night.
Victoria had travelled the longest of them all, from Canada. And when Rybak entirely surprising invited all participants of “Rybak Facebook-tour” to a Meet & Greet at the Klubben Hotel before the concert, Victoria knew what she wanted. A kiss from the hero. With a fan to keep her head clear, she leaned forward and gave Alexander a kiss on the tip of his nose when it was her turn in the two hour-long hugging queue. Continue reading Meet & Greet in Tønsberg in VG, 31.7.2010
(English translation by Tessa La, Russian transalion and subs by Olina Novikova)
Interview and short violin performances
Alex performs a piece from Ole Bull, jazz and Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”
Live performance of “Europe’s Skies”
(Found by Gesine Riech and translated by Hildebjørg Haugan and Tessa La.)
We tried to get an interview with you right after you won the Norwegian national ESC-final last year. Your manager said that they would probably try to make an appointment, but somehow we never got an interview. Did you hear anything about the interview?
No, and that is one reasons why I have changed manager. I was also scheduled to perform at a children’s festival. Suddenly it was gone from the calendar, and when I asked why, I was told that they would not have me after all. I called them to check, and was told that they wanted me, but that 200 000 NOK was too much for them. It’s okay that people are megalomaniac, but not that they are dishonest. I become directly evil when I do not get what I want…
Evil? Define evil, eh, please?
It is more proper to say I become like a spoiled little child. Prior to the ESC this year, NRK and my former management decided that I should fly down to the stage. I did not want to do that. When I got zero response to my complaints, I chose rather to go to VG [newspaper] and tell that they wanted me to fly. Thus, the news was released, so they had to drop the idea. But it sucks that I need to burn bridges to get what I want.
Of course the actual popularity of Alex is much bigger, as the other pages about him on Facebook make a total of about half a million members. Still, this is a remarkable moment for all of us, who met each other on this page and became friends (hence the name “Facebookies”).
(thanks to photographer Alex Oliver and www.ha-halden.no)
Alexander Rybak, Felix Peikli (clarinet), Gunnar Flagstad (piano), Sjur Bjærke (bass) and Øystein Aarnes Vik (drums) in a concert for Valdres Sommersymfoni’s project “Playing for a Future” in Fagernes, Norway the 26th of June 2010. Continue reading Jazz concert — Alexander Rybak — Valdres Sommersymfoni, Fagernes, Norway June 26th, 2010