The David/Asaph Project, based 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. Later that year, the Dallas Morning News named Psalmody the “Year’s Best Christian Music Album”. See source review See DMN Year’s Best review
The next 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, later 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 Ayres for choir and orchestra in 2017. The following year, Paul completed choir & orchestra arrangements of two previously unreleased works by David – Psalm 115 and Psalm 48. These works were recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Voices choir at Abbey Road Studios in May 2018, and were released on the new album entitled, Make a Joyful Noise! The Psalms at Abbey Road. Sheet music of the songs on the album is now available for purchase on this site.