Craig Abaya

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Craig Abaya
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Background information
Birth name Craig Abaya
Born San Francisco, California
Genres Alternative rock, rock and roll, pop, grunge, heavy metal, Americana
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, music producer, recording engineer, filmmaker, photographer, web designer
Labels ARTifice Music
Associated acts

Craig Abaya is an artist from San Francisco, California. He is a musician, songwriter, producer, video director, photographer, and web designer.[1] He served 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[edit]

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]


Abaya earned his first teaching experience at SFSU's Graduate Film school while he was still an undergraduate,[3] but eventually took a full-time position teaching in Silicon Valley.[4] Eventually, he moved to SFSU College of Extended Learning where he directed the Multimedia Studies Program, Music/Recording Industry Program, Digital Video Intensive, and Web Design Intensive.[5]


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.[6]

In 2008, Abaya became the resident filmmaker and concert photographer 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[edit]

Craig Abaya

During his teens, Abaya formed his first professional band, the grunge/metal trio "Apparition." 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.

In 2014, he composed and played guitars and bass on the DJ Qbert album "Extraterrestria." In 2015 Craig began work on his 2nd solo album along with a duet album with JoAnne Lorenzana.

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


  1. ^ Springer, Denize (December 20, 2004). "People on campus: digital dynamo Craig Abaya". San Francisco State University Campus Memo. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Fil-Am is 10-time Billboard honoree". The Philippine Star. January 3, 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "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. ^ "Bruce Hornsby Live at Villa Montalvo". SF Visuals. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 

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