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Tangled Blue — Songs and Stories for the Seminary Community

Tangled Blue - Aimée and Joel PakanTangled Blue is the music of Aimée and Joel Pakan — a married couple from the ELCA’s Minneapolis Area Synod and the seminary community’s first ever Composers-in-Residence. Their concert performances have been described as “tying a Minnesotan storyteller to a dreadlocked drummer and experiencing what happens next.” It is a unique sound that incorporates Latin and electronic percussion, acoustic guitars, wind instruments, beautifully matched alto and baritone voices, and stories from their journeys across North America and Europe.

This fall, the duo moved from Minneapolis to Philadelphia to enroll as ELCA MDiv students. Aimée and Joel also lead chapel music at LTSP, even as they continue a performance schedule that’s taken them to Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, and Texas over weekends this fall and back to LTSP for weekday classes. The duo started recording music together in 2000, and Tangled Blue’s first recording was completed in early 2003. Recorded at a farm house in Menomonie, Wisconsin, it is a caffeinated folk-rock blend of songs that have Tangled Blue Christmas albumshown their durability as the duo traveled with them over 700,000 miles of U.S. highways. Tangled Blue completed a new recording based on the season of Advent in November of 2008 and a Christmas recording in 2011. Select songs from these seasonal recordings were given to attendees at Advent Vespers earlier this month and can be downloaded at tangledblue.com/adventvespers.

Their next recordings, due in 2017, will be songs for worship services and group singing. These works will be recorded on the LTSP campus and incorporate students, faculty, and staff. Tangled Blue performs at churches, colleges, and festivals, and have been featured performers at the Luther 500 Festival in Wittenberg, Germany. For more information go to tangledblue.com.

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