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.
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→
An interview with Alexander Rybak and Ingrid Berg Mehus at Barratt Due, where they Saturday 23th February played a concert together. Source: paper issue of Dagbladet 26.2.19 and db.no 27.2.19 Text: Amanda Strand Askeland. Photos: Original article photos by Christian Roth Christensen is not use in this post. Romerikes Blad 25.2.19. Found by Anastasia Silakova, translated by TessaLa, revised by Anni Jowett.
Singers, violinists and composers. Ingrid Berg Mehus and Alexander Rybak have a lot in common.
An interview on TV2.no published before the broadcast of the talk show “Fredag” with Alexander Rybak and Arve Tellefsen you will find below the video.
(English translation & annotations by Hilde M., Russian translation Irina K., Russian subs by Olina N.)
– They started sending messages to mum and the neighbor.
This happened after Alexander Rybak’s dramatic Facebook message.
Source: tv2.no. 9.4.09. Text: Arne Reginiussen. Translated by TessaLa
After Alexander Rybak posted a message on his Facebook and Twitter profile saying he had got a nervous breakdown and that he hit himself to he started bleeding.
-Dear friends, please stop. Don’t send any messages to me or Kjell Arild right now, I’m deep down. Yesterday I got a nervous breakdown and started hitting the wall till my hands started bleeding. The big guys are after me while you demand the whole world from me. But believe me, everything will go well, Alexander wrote.
– Irrational of me
On questions from the host Stål Talsnes in “Friday” if he met the wall ahead of the message, the artist says:
– I meet the wall every day, and then I break the wall and I move on. But it was a little irrational by me, because there were too many phone calls and messages from everywhere, while I was in a difficult time. And I knew that if I wrote it on Facebook, everyone would get the message : “stop bothering me” says Rybak in the talk show.
– Sent messages to mom
His message worked well.
-It actually worked. There wasn’t a single soul who dared to send me a message the next three weeks, but instead it was many who started sending messages to mum and my neighbor, says Rybak.
– I regret it a bit, you shouldn’t share everything in public, says the artist.
Alexander Rybak – “Girls need to be protected from me!”
Kari Bu April 6, 2010 =Oslo (Norway) – With this year’s Eurovision Song Contest just around the corner, =Oslo catches up with last year’s winner Alexander Rybak. After playing his violin to victory last May with the catchy ‘Fairytales’, the star has shot to European fame. Today, Alexander is a million miles from his childhood in Belarus.
He has gone from being a victim of bullying and performing on the streets to making the semi-finals of Idol and dominating Europe’s annual song contest. But Alexander doesn’t want to let it all go to his head, saying “Even though the public have got a clear picture of me, I’m still searching … It’s about understanding that this is one of the greatest moments of your life, and to keep all the good memories.” Here, he speaks to =Oslo about his love for music, Michael Jackson and the opposite sex.
The day after the great victory in Eurovision 2009, Alexander, his parents and the rest of the NRK crew went to the Norwegian embassy in Moscow to celebrate the Norwegian national day before they were going back to Norway in the evening.
English translation by Tessa La, Russian translation & bilingual subs by Sveta Plyasun