2018 marked the 20th edition of the annual Taschenlampenkonzert, or Flashlight Concert, an immersive, family-friendly performance by Berlin-based band Rumpelstil. The show took place at Berlin’s Waldbühne before premiering in the United States with a performance at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles as part of Deutschlandjahr.
While family-friendly music is a widely accepted concept in the U.S., Rumpelstil musician Blanche Elliz remembers when the opportunity for parents and children to attend (and enjoy) a concert together was foreign to many Germans. The band wanted parents to “take their children and go to a concert and enjoy it themselves,” and they write their music with this goal in mind: “we really address our songs to grown-ups and children at the same time.”
At the Taschenlampenkonzert, or flashlight concert, the audience will become a sea of lights that moves and sways along with the music performed on stage. This is a special experience for musicians and audience alike, says Elliz. “People feel very close to each other, and to us.”
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