The year 2006 marks a turning point in Kent Nagano's career: the exceptional conductor bids farewell to long-lived and successful engagements as a principal conductor both with the Los Angeles Opera and with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. In the same year, he has met two new challenges: he has become the new Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and he has begun his collaboration as the Music Director with the Bayerische Staatsorchester in Munich.
The film delivers insight into this phase of saying goodbye - not only to this former artistic activities, but also to his home in California. A couple of days off in March mark the moments when Kent Nagano looks back on his personal and musical develop- ment in a private atmosphere. San Francisco, Los Angeles and his hometown Morro Bay are the main locations in addition to a photo shooting for the renowned "Surf Magazine" with the conductor, who has been a passion-ate surfer since his boyhood. Partly predetermined through the journey across California and Kent Nagano's numerous musical performances, this portrait of the conductor follows the genre characteristics of a road movie: the indefinite abeyance in between departure and arrival, or so to speak the state of "being on the way" form the emotional principal theme of the film.