The David/Asaph Project, based primarily in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since the late 1990’s, composes and records new music set to the text of the Psalms. Each psalm is performed without paraphrase from the biblical text (KJV) with contemporary music.
The debut album Psalmody, released in 2001 featured 12 of the Psalms composed with new melodies in contemporary musical styles including rock, folk, R & B and classical. The Dallas Morning News named Psalmody the “Year’s Best Christian Music Album for 2001”. See source review
The latest album, Pastoral Psalms, originally released in 2014, was revised and remastered for re-release in 2016. The album features 10 of the Psalms in an acoustic, unplugged, “pastoral” style. A choral version of Psalm 23, arranged by Paul Ayres in the UK and recorded by the Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir, was added as an extra track for the re-release.
The composer, David Albracht, has commissioned other choral works for the Psalms. Psalm 24, from the Pastoral album, was arranged by Paul Ayres for choir and piano in 2016. Psalm 66, vs. 1-4, from the Psalmody album, was arranged by Paul for choir and orchestra in 2017. This past year, Paul completed arrangements for Psalm 115 and Psalm 48 for choir and orchestra. Several of these works were recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Voices choir at Abbey Road Studios, and have been released on a new album entitled, Make a Joyful Noise! The Psalms at Abbey Road. Preparations are in progress to release sheet music of these works soon.