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The Psalm Project

The Psalm Project
Teach us to pray
tour

Anyone who thinks The Psalm Project is just another choir from the old country should look (and listen) again.

Discover for yourself the new songs emerging from the old. Start here with Psalm 149 (from The Psalm Project's Dutch album) and feel this jubilant psalm welling up with rock/gospel energy.

The Psalm Project
Israel's triomflied - Psalm 149

- YouTube on JWPlayer

You can hear more psalms on the Audio/Visuals pages of this site (see sidebars) or by searching for "The Psalm Project" on YouTube. These psalms are matched with a musical character that moves easily between folk, rock, gospel and classical styles.

The Psalm Project is young, made up of professional musicians who have been formed by a lively gospel, rock and christian contemporary music scene in the Netherlands. Some are/have been lead singers for gospel choirs, another is a sought after producer, arranger, composer and instrumentalist. There is the pianist busy with accompanying all sorts of concerts and worship services, a former gospel choir director, a guitarist/song writer and a drummer who runs a recording studio. Several have their own websites and, between them, they have contributed to hundreds of CDs.

The Psalm Project members gather regularly to give concerts or lead worship services. They are now working on a second, Dutch CD and have just agreed to produce a German version of the English Psalms Unplugged. The Psalm Project's coming tour is their second. Last January three muscians, plus a support person went to the Worship Symposium in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This year there will be seven musicians and the support person. They will be leading worship services and performing concerts daily on a trip that takes them from Toronto to Chicago.

Though they make their living as musicians, and do get some income from The Psalm Project, a good deal of their time, including tours, is given freely. It's clear from their commitment that the Project has Purpose.

Next: The Project with Purpose

The Psalm Project
Teach us to pray
tour

The name of The Psalm Project's first tour, "Teach us to pray", speaks to the underlying motives for The Psalm Project's music. You can sense this clearly in Psalm 22 (one of their more popular works) where the music and the singer are heart-rendingly faithful to the agonizing tone of the psalm. In a contemporary music context, where the psalms have mostly been bypassed, the focus on psalm singing by The Psalm Project is a recognition and a restoration of our need to pray in ways that are inspired by the Bible, especially the psalms.

The Psalm Project
My God, my God, Why - Psalm 122

- YouTube on JWPlayer

There is humility in the request ("Teach us to pray") and in the acknowledgment that the psalm singing of generations gone by is authentic and not something to be cast off (like sturdy, old, oak furniture). In this regard, the choice of Genevan Psalms for musical and textual inspiration is somewhat incidental - it is the psalms as prayer that inspire the Project. But Eelco Vos, and others in the band, are grounded in the faith of their fathers (or should we say their singing mothers), and they are glad to build on an inheritance that is both personal and rich.

Next: The People with the Project

See also:

The Psalm Project: Reworking Genevan psalms for a new generation by Joan Huyser-Honig on the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship site

Background information about the Genevan Psalter -- the first "Psalm Project"

Psalmen in een nieuwe stijl from the Reformatorisch Dagblad

Een gesprek met Eelco Vos en muziek van zijn CD The Psalmproject, interview on EO Radio (second hour)

The Psalm Project
Teach us to pray
tour

The Psalm Project is reluctant to draw attention away from its purpose by focusing on the band and its members. The band is talented and experienced and could very easily hold its own on a concert marquee. So we present them here simply in a short list for The Psalm Project's Teach us to pray tour.

Suzanne Venderbos van der Velde - Lead vocals
Miranda de Vlieger Companien - Lead vocals
Ariën Vink - Lead vocals
Eelco Vos - Composer, Piano
Luca Genta - Producer, Bass, Cello, Flutes
Wilkin de Vlieger - Drums
Arend Jansen - Guitar
Reinhart Brandse - Support

Next: Setting the Scene

Hover over any of the photos below
to identify the band member.

The Psalm Project
Teach us to pray
tour


This is the Day
Miranda de Vlieger leading the Modern Black Gospel Choir "Inside Out".


I will sing of my Redeemer
Miranda de Vlieger leading the masses

- YouTube on JWPlayer


Beautiful One
Ariën Vink singing leading an EO Youth Convention.

- YouTube on JWPlayer


"Kyrie" (Mr. Mister)
Susanna Fields (van der Velde) on Dutch national TV

- YouTube on JWPlayer


What Child is This
Ariën Vink with Pearl Jozefszoon

- YouTube on JWPlayer


What Child is This
Arend Jansen, guitar solo

- YouTube on JWPlayer


When You Believe
Sharon Kips & Miranda de Vlieger


Rain on me
Luca Genta, Baliflute

- YouTube on JWPlayer


Everlasting
Miranda de Vlieger leading the Modern Black Gospel Choir "Inside Out".


Trading My Sorrows
Miranda de Vlieger singing with "Big Band The Convocation".

- YouTube on JWPlayer


The Old Song Medley
Miranda de Vlieger leading the Modern Black Gospel Choir "Inside Out".

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