many people discover their passion at a young age. Fortunately for Second
Generation (2g), Woody Pak did. Woody is the musical genius behind 2g's
hit musicals Making Tracks and The Wedding Banquet. Woody
discovered his zeal for the guitar at age 10 after first trying the violin
and the piano. Naming Elvis, Led Zeppelin, and Van Halen as his main influencers,
Woody reveals that unlike the piano, practicing his tunes was never a chore.
One can only imagine how his Korean parents took to his rock guitar. Luckily,
Woody knew how to fight the battle. He incorporated the classical guitar
into his routine and lived up to the "good Asian kid who plays classical
music" standard. While most teenagers locked themselves in their room with
the telephone, Woody hid for 4-6 hours at a time with his guitar preparing
for competitions. Music was everything to him at the time. "It was escape,
exultation, a live film score to my life", said Woody.
He pursued his passion for music from west to east, moving from Hawaii to California to Boston where he attended MIT and finally to New York. In the Big Apple, Woody further refined his skills at the world famous Juilliard School of Music.
It was at this opportune time that Welly Yang, founder of 2g, crossed paths
with Woody. 2g commissioned Woody to compose the rock musical Making
Tracks. Although he had not composed theatrical musicals before, the
occasion to share his love for rock music was enough to convince Woody to
get onboard. The rest is history. Woody speaks highly of his seven-year
relationship with 2g. "It's given me two lifelong creative partners (Brian
Yorkey and Welly Yang) and the privilege of having my work performed and
developed." He is particularly appreciative of 2g as an entity that encourages
and fosters his growth and development. "There are a lot of composers out
there who never get to hear their works performed", he explained.
Woody now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children. He keeps busy
with his music production house, The Woodhouse. His work can be heard on
TV (Black Pickett Fence, Faster, The Gentleman from Shanghai), commercials
(Target, Disney Europe, Woodbridge Wine, Radio Shack, AT&T, TNT), pop music
(Ultra Nate - #1 on Billboard dance charts internationally), and
in theater (Making Tracks, The Wedding Banquet).
Woody attributes his inspiration and success to the world around him. "Inspiration comes from everywhere", he explains, "music from other cultures, catching a wave, looking at my kids sleeping, and even fighting with my wife!"
Despite his work at the production house, Woody continues to collaborate
with his 2g creative partners. His latest involvement in the revival of
his debut musical Making Tracks will promise to dazzle audiences
with the show's original splendor and more.