Phoenix, AZ (PressExposure) June 18, 2014 -- Renowned jazz pianist Chick Corea once said, "what really matters is, 'what have you done lately?" For pianist and composer, Chuck Marohnic, the answer to that question is, "I've taken on the greatest challenge of my life." After decades of playing jazz, recording, writing books, and teaching, Marohnic is composing music inspired by each of the Holy Bible's Psalms (all one hundred-fifty of them). It's a huge undertaking that has come to be known as The Jazz Psalms Project.
Bible scholars believe that the Psalms originated over 3,000 years ago as a collection of poems that were sung and accompanied by various musical instruments within the context of Hebrew worship. The origins of The Jazz Psalms Project can be traced to a moment when Marohnic was meditating on one of the Psalms. "A strange thing happened," Marohnic relates. "I actually began to hear the words of the Psalm as music. I proceeded to write down the music I had heard and thus began the project."
Marohnic has written and recorded seventy-five original compositions and he's on track to complete all one hundred-fifty new Psalms in the next two to three years. Published by Music Serving the Word Ministries, the songs are being offered to church musicians and worship teams that want to explore a new way of presenting these ancient scriptures. Each song package includes mp3 demo tracks, full score, lead sheet, and parts for all instruments.
Marohnic's experience as a jazz musician includes playing music all over the world with some of the finest musicians. "Composing this music challenges me to utilize every skill that I have acquired through the years including listening, playing, teaching, writing and arranging," he says.
Marohnic credits another jazz legend, the multi-instrumentalist, Ira Sullivan, for early inspiration. "Ira gave me so many things, the chance to play with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world but more importantly, he showed me, through his example, that he was a man of faith," Marohnic remembers. "He always acknowledged that the gift of music was God's gift to him and he wanted to share that with everyone."
All the songs included in The Jazz Psalms Project use the language of modern music, and are influenced by jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and world music. There will also soon be recorded play/sing-along versions available for use in smaller churches. The Jazz Psalms Project offers a fresh new sound for worship, ideal for alternative or modern worship services.
Learn more at: http://www.musicservingtheword.org/the_jazz_psalms_project
To interview Chuck Marohnic, contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jazz Psalms Project is presented by Music Serving the Word Ministries: http://www.musicservingtheword.org