The Tao of Bluegrass: A Portrait of Peter Rowan



Sequoia 1 Wed, Oct 9, 2013 2:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:105
Director:Christine Funk
Editor:Marc Snider
Print Source:South 40 Films


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“Music is very soothing to my anxious, nervous state,” says bluegrass legend Peter Rowan in this toe-tapping documentary charting his remarkable musical journey. Serenely thankful listeners will attest to the near-spiritual power of the great singer-songwriter and six-stringer’s heavenly melodies, incisive words and healing tones. Having honed his inimitable style as a member of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in the mid-1960s, Rowan’s fascination with world music and Buddhist meditation practice has led him from collaborations with Jerry Garcia, Flaco Jimenez and Jamaican reggae greats to groundbreaking recordings with Earth Opera, Seatrain and Old and in the Way. Eternally young and in the right place at the right time (opening for The Doors, hanging out with Wavy Gravy), Rowan emerges in Christine Funk’s wonderfully funky film as a blissfully enlightened yet creatively restless troubadour whose stunning songs confirm this Marin habitué’s status as—in the Taoist words of bluegrass doyenne Alison Krauss—“a true artist.”

—Steven Jenkins

At the Monday, October 7, 7:00 pm screening at 142 Throckmorton Theatre
Come join us for a fun evening of music, the film, and Q&A with filmmaker Christine Funk and Bluegrass musician Peter Rowan, who will be performing with Manose Singh, a Bansuri flautist from Nepal.

There are only a few Blue Grass Boys still around that played with the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Peter Rowan was a Blue Grass Boy in the 1960s for only a short time, but Bill's influence and musical knowledge still resonates with Peter. Even as he branched out into his own music after leaving Bill's band, his bluegrass roots were never far away. This portrait of Peter expands beyond his music to his artistic and spiritual endeavors spanning four decades, giving the viewer an in-depth look at a true legend within our Americana musical history. His lyrical quality and melodies are memorable, and Peter influenced the next generation of musicians, sharing what Monroe taught him and what he has learned while being a troubadour and traveling the world. 

Film and musical event Produced by South 40 Films and Floating Records

Additional Information

Since the day I worked as an intern during college on a morning show I realized I liked the team player aspect to filmmaking and production work. I moved forward with my career as a production assistant on various TV movies and then as a production coordinator on several movies in Portland, Oregon. I moved to San Francisco to produce several Infomercials for the famous Temper-Pedic brand. In between my film projects I grew to love my visits to Colorado and decided to lived part-time in Creede, Colorado.