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Craig Abaya
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Background information
Birth nameCraig Abaya
BornSan Francisco, California
GenresAlternative rock, rock and roll, pop, grunge, heavy metal, Americana
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, music producer, recording engineer, filmmaker, photographer, web designer
LabelsARTifice Music

Craig Abaya is an artist from San Francisco, California. He is a musician, songwriter, producer, video director, photographer, and web designer.[1] He serves as director of San Francisco State University's Extended Learning Multimedia Studies and Music/Recording Industry programs, as well as running the school's Digital Video Intensive. He has won ten Billboard songwriting awards.[2]

Early life[]

Abaya is a native of San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood.[2] Abaya became involved with music during childhood, taking up the piano at age six, the drums at age eleven, and the guitar at age twelve.[2]

At seventeen, Abaya enrolled at San Francisco State University. Initially a psychology major, he ultimately proposed a special major in multimedia, combining studies in film, video, computers and electronics.[3]

Education career[]

Abaya earned his first teaching experience at SFSU's Graduate Film school while he was still an undergraduate.[3] Abaya eventually took a full-time position teaching at Silicon Valley University.[4]

Abaya served as the program coordinator for an intensive program in web development at San Francisco State University.[5]

Abaya directs the Digital Video Intensive, a digital film-making program at San Francisco State University.[6] He also directs San Francisco State University's Extended Learning Multimedia Studies and Music/Recording Industry programs.[3]


In 2002, Apple Computer approached Abaya with an opportunity to make a feature film with a student crew. With a team of students and sponsors, he directed "Bruce Hornsby Live at Villa Montalvo" for DIRECTV.[7]

In 2008, Abaya became a video director at the Bridge School. The school, which is for children with severe speech and physical impairments, was founded by Neil Young and Pegi Young.[3]

Music career[]


Craig Abaya

During his teens, Abaya formed his first professional band, the grunge/metal trio "Apparition" in Daly City, California. After disbanding "Apparition," Abaya acquired his own recording equipment and founded the 4-piece group "The Basics" and later, "Abaya," in an attempt to merge his two divergent musical endeavors.

In 2009, Abaya released his first solo album, The Fine Art of Politics. Abaya also directed and edited his first music video of the song "Silly Sentimental Fool" for release in 2010.

Abaya is a Grammy voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.


  1. Springer, Denize (December 20, 2004). "People on campus: digital dynamo Craig Abaya". San Francisco State University Campus Memo. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Fil-Am is 10-time Billboard honoree". The Philippine Star. January 3, 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Multimedia Studies: Faculty". San Francisco State University. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  4. "About Me". Craig Abaya's Personal Website. Craig Abaya. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  5. "Fast Track to a Web Career". Apple. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  6. "San Francisco State University Adds Abaltat Muse to their Multimedia Program". Creative Cow. December 5, 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  7. "Bruce Hornsby Live at Villa Montalvo". SF Visuals. Retrieved 22 November 2014.

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