The Longest Night (2019)

Artist : Ciona Rouse, Jeff Coffin, Portara Ensemble
Release Date : 12-20-2019
Catalog : EUR0428




01) THE DARK AROUND US (comp. Coffin/Shelton; Lyric: Wendell Berry) – 4:44
02) THE REALM OF LIGHT (comp. Shelton; Flute Solo: Rama Kumaran) – 2:36
03) STILLE NACHT (arr. Dunnevant) – 2:21
04) OM NAMAH SHIVAYA (traditional chant; Portara arr. Shelton; Vocal Solo/Harmonium: Ryoko Suzuki) – 5:03
05) AS LIGHT THROUGH LEAVES (comp. Coffin) – 5:31
06) TO KNOW THE DARK (comp. Shelton; Lyric: Wendell Berry; Vocal Solo: Jaie Tiefenbrunn) – 4:11
07) DECK THE HALL (arr. Shelton) – 2:04
08) THE LONGEST NIGHT (comp. Shelton; Lyric: Julie Forest Middleton; Vocal Solos: Patrick & Sarah Dunnevant; Flute Solo: Rama Kumaran) – 3:45
09) REJOICING (comp. Shelton; Lyric: Wendell Berry; Spoken Word: Ciona Rouse; Vocal Solo: Jason Shelton) – 5:27
10) AND ALL THE EARTH SHALL SING (comp. Coffin/Shelton; Lyric: Wendell Berry; Vocal Trio: Molly Lins, Patrick Dunnevant, Jason Shelton; Flute Solo: Jeff Coffin) – 4:44

Jason Shelton – artistic director, Portara Ensemble
Jeff Coffin – saxes, flutes
Ciona Rouse – spoken word poetry
Portara Ensemble – choir
Victor Wooten – electric bass
Jordan Perlson – drums, percussion
David Rodgers – piano
Ryoko Suzuki – harmonium, vocal
Rama Kumaran – flutes
Nir Felder – guitar
Colleen Phelps – marimba
Carlos Duran – percussion, djembe

Lyrics used by permission from Wendell Berry
Jeff Coffin (Otani Music/BMI)
Jason Shelton (Many Windows Music/ASCAP)

Choir Arrangements Available at

Mixed by Mark Rubel @ Pogo Studios/Nashville TN
Mastered by Jim DeMain @ Yes Mastering/Nashville TN
Layout and design by Robert Hakalski/Visual Machinery
Photos by Jeff Coffin

Very Special Thanks to Wendell Berry

Special Thanks:
Lisa Spradley & Epiphany Dance Partners (Y’all rock!)
Oz Arts Nashville
Lauren Snelling
Mark Rubel
Robert Hakalski

Our heartfelt gratitude to the many folks behind the scenes for your support and efforts.

The Longest Night is a multidisciplinary, multi-community celebration of the Winter Solstice blending original music and spoken word with traditional songs and carols, storytelling, and dance.

Under the visionary direction of Jason Shelton, Portara Ensemble joins forces with some of Nashville’s most influential and diverse artists including saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), premier poet Ciona Rouse, and Lisa Spradley’s Epiphany Dance Partners, to explore the richness of the dark and celebrate as we call the light back together.

“One of Nashville’s premiere vocal groups.” – WPLN on Portara Ensemble