MISSION

ARISE is a global movement of artists raising up our vision and our voices, our thoughts and words and gifts, to share the beauty of God’s creation and cry for its deliverance from the darker impulses of humankind. We gather in a common mission to encounter the Eucharistic potential of creation, to offer God what we have been given and to be ourselves sanctified through what we have received. Nourished by the reflection of the holy in the created order, we hear the song of creation and sing our reply – to fill the earth with song, enfold in in love, to celebrate its beauty and to mourn its woundedness.

 

Our ultimate hope is to invite every voice on the planet, no matter how weak, poor, or overlooked, to join in a new Canticle of the Creatures, a global Praise be to You! down through the ages from St. Francis’s immortal hymn to the encyclical of Pope Francis which it inspired.

Launch Project: HOPE ARISING

                 A song of hope and reconciliation rising up through a serene harmonization of

                     human music with the voices of earth’s original musicians: singing birds


Along with visual artists and photographers/videographers, composer Julian Darius Revie will visit several of the world’s most tragic sites of environmental devastation to record the beautiful birds that live there. The artistic team will then create a one-hour sonic-visual tapestry that weaves the birds’ songs and images together with the voices of children and the sounds of instruments made from discarded materials. This one-hour tribute to the hope and beauty that can emerge from tragedy will be performed live in Rome by children from around the world, including choirs of refugee children.


The recording sites will include:


- Chernobyl and Fukushima

- New Delhi garbage dumps

- West Virginia mountaintop removal coal mining sites

- Alberta oil sands

- Deforested areas of the Amazon

- Unregulated toxic oil and mining sites in the Amazon

- Bleached areas of the Great Barrier Reef

- Great Pacific Garbage Patch


The international children's chorus will sing selections from the Pope's seminal text in several languages. The singers, speakers, and birds will be accompanied by steel pan drums (made from discarded oil drums) and instruments crafted from rejected materials found at the sites.

The work will be premiered in Rome on May 24, 2020, the fifth anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si’, and then toured worldwide. There will also be an audio recording, artistic performance video, and a documentary film of the life of the project, all for worldwide release.

Timeline

November 2018 - March 2019

The artistic team will visit the recording sites. 

July 11 - 15, 2019

A 10-minute preview piece will be premiered in Paris and Berlin.

May 24, 2020

The final work will be performed in Rome. 

Fall 2020

Audio and video recordings of the work will be released for public access. 

2021

The ARISE documentary will be released for public access.

2020 - 2022

The piece will be performed around the world as part of our mission to catalyze ecological conversion on a global scale.

TEAM

Julian Darius Revie - Founder and Composer

Australian-Canadian composer Julian Darius Revie is Associate Director of Music at the Center for Music and Liturgy, Saint Thomas More Chapel at Yale University. Prior posts include serving as Organist at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Ottawa and Director of the Choir of Robinson College at Cambridge University.


Mr. Revie is honoured to be the first prize winner of the 2016 Francesco Siciliani composition competition run by the Vatican, with an international jury panel chaired by Helmuth Rilling and Arvo Pärt. 


Mr. Revie’s compositions for solo instruments, voice, chamber ensembles and orchestra have been performed in North America, Europe, and Australia, in venues including Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House. In June 2015, his Mass of the Divine Shepherd was premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York City with 400 singers, including choirs from Norway, Finland, England and North America, including the National Children's Chorus (USA), all overseen by conductor Stephen Layton.


Also in 2015, The Love of God was selected as the communion antiphon for the Papal Mass in Philadelphia. It was performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra with a 300-voice massed choir and children’s chorus, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.


Born in Ottawa, Canada, Mr. Revie studied piano, organ and clarinet from an early age and was first prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition in organ performance. He holds degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Yale University and Caltech in the United States and a Master’s in Composition from Cambridge University in Great Britain. His master’s dissertation, “Unity and Uniqueness in the Fifth Mode Great Responsories: New Approaches to the Multifaceted Layers of Plainchant Melody,” is an analysis of groups of related plainchant melodies that draws upon techniques used in analysis of tonal music as well as upon the mathematical and computational tools used in comparative genetic analysis. At The Juilliard School, Mr. Revie has studied with Milton Babbitt, Samuel Adler, and Philip Lasser. He is the recipient of a DAAD scholarship for study in Berlin.


Mr. Revie is the founder of LISTEN -- Listening-based Intercultural Student Encounters, a new initiative to create partnerships between indigenous and non-indigenous youth in Canada using long-distance artistic co-creation as a vehicle for discovery and expression: www.listenproject.org.

Valerie Rose Belanger - Executive Director

An internationalist with 14 years of experience in building networks and rethinking leadership, Valerie has problem-solved with municipal leaders in Central America, coached education entrepreneurs in the Middle East, and convened journalists, artists, environmentalists, diplomats, and venture capitalists from across 80+ countries.  Valerie is a graduate of Wesleyan and Yale.


Valerie is driven by the belief that leadership is not dependent on hierarchical position, but instead born from a mindset; it is a bold everyday practice to renew with each day, each moment. To lead is a verb, a series of choices embedded within a lifelong commitment to the practices of giving and receiving feedback, asking powerful questions, collaborating, and reflecting in the pursuit of new - and better - normals.


Specialties: sustainable development, leadership and coaching, citizenship, global networks, innovation, urban renewal and cities, diversity, purpose, public art, experiential learning, capacity building

Marion Belanger - Resident Photographer

Marion Belanger photographs the cultural landscape, particularly where geology and the built environment intersect.   She was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship to photograph the contested landscape of the Everglades. Rather than focusing only on the wetlands in the protected National Park, she ventured into the now drained swampland of the historic Everglades, where housing developments, sugarcane fields, and water control structures occupy the landscape. For Rift/ Fault Belanger photographed the two land-based edges of the North American Continental Plate, along the San Andreas Fault in California, and the Mid-Atlantic Rift in Iceland.  


The artist earned a M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art where she was the recipient of both the John Ferguson Weir Award and the Schickle-Collingwood Prize, and a B.F.A. from the College of Art & Design at Alfred University. She has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Arts, Everglades National Park, and MASS MoCA.  Her work is shown internationally, and her work is held in the collections of the National Gallery for Art, the Library of Congress, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Her exhibitions include Photography and America’s National Parks, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY; Internationale Fototage: Contemporary American Photography, Mannheim, Germany; Northern (L) Attitudes: Norwegian and American Contemporary Art, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, New York, NY; and Both Sides of the Street: Celebrating the Corcoran’s Photography Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, among others.


She is a current honoree for the 2017 Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography.  The artist is the author of Everglades: Outside and Within, with an essay by Susan Orlean (Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2009), and Rift/ Fault, with an essay by Lucy Lippard (Radius Books, 2016).  The artist resides in Guilford, Connecticut. She teaches at the Hartford Art School, and in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Wesleyan University.

Molly Burhans

Molly combines her passion for people and the planet with her abilities and experience in design thinking, business development, and scientific research to understand and transform complex systems, manage diverse teams, and communicate ideas and processes through broadly-accessible media that brings people together. She is dedicated to increasing Catholic communities’ geographic understanding and use of geographic information systems technology for planning that can have positive global environmental and social impacts. Molly has an M.S. in Ecological Design from the Conway School, where she was her class’ Sustainable Communities Initiative Fellow, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Canisius College. She worked in a yeast genetics lab seasonally for several years and has created professional graphic media for over ten years, which been featured in publications such as Landscape Architecture Magazine, Nucleic Acids Research, and the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence proceedings. She co-founded GroOperative, Inc. 5(a), an indoor-vertical farming worker-owned cooperative in Buffalo, NY, USA. She has been involved with the Vatican Youth Symposium, Vatican Arts and Technology Council, United Nations Youth Assembly, the Buckminster Fuller Catalyst program and has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and institutions.

Dr. Gillean Denny

Originally from Philadelphia, USA, Gillean completed her PhD in Architecture at the University of Cambridge. With a background in production and graphic design, sustainable grass-roots architecture, and teaching, Gillean currently works internationally from Toronto, Canada, as a designer and writer. She has several publications in the area of urban planning which explore the environmental effects of Urban Agriculture and global food chains on society. Amid other projects, she is currently working on a novelization of these themes for a children’s audience.

Annie Cheng

Annie Cheng is a junior at Yale University studying Political Science and Ethnicity, Race and Migration. She is devoted to environmental justice with a focus on food justice as it concerns intersectional global populations. ARISE is her first project connecting love of art and earth together. In her free time, she travels, volunteers, visits art museums and explores new recipes.