Stephen Akina

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Stephen Akina (born November 10, 1971 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American film score composer specializing in combining contemporary classical music with electro-acoustic music. Best known for composing horror cult classic Demons Rising,[1]neo-film noir Reverie Blvd.[2] and best selling casual game Caribbean Hideaway.[3]


Born Stephen Kinilau Akina, Stephen is a Native Hawaiian from the island of O'ahu[4] and graduated in 1988 from Radford High School in Honolulu.

Stephen grew up pursuing a career in music as a classical pianist and began his formal studies at the University of Hawaii. As a pianist he has performed recitals internationally throughout North America & Oceania and has collaborated with other performing artists notably first generation Martha Graham Dancer and Modern Dance pioneer choreographer Jean Erdman in premiering an unpublished work of composer John Cage. The score was written by Cage for a solo modern dance work set to Erdman's choreography during the 1950s but finally made its debut forty years later in 1992.[5]

By the mid 1990s Stephen left music and pursued other endeavors including service in the Army. Eventually, he returned to the music industry and began graduate work at San Diego State Universitywhere he briefly served as an adjunct faculty member in music.[6] In addition to teaching piano, he collaborated on new works with SDSU faculty members including Professor of Dance, Melissa Nunn.[7]

In 2006, Stephen was commissioned to compose a piece for the Pasadena Pops in Los Angeles as part of a fund-raising event for the orchestra. Soon after, he focused his efforts on music composition and began scoring for films and video Games. In addition to his film scores, he licenses original music with several production music libraries where his music can be heard on television network, cable and PBS shows worldwide including the Late Show with David Letterman, Mtv's Parental Control, and Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too.[8]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title
2007 Pirate Tales
2008 Reverie Blvd
2008 Code Black
2008 Caribbean Hideaway
2008 Demons Rising
2008 Bel Sonno
2008 River Runs Red
2008 Brush of Darkness
2009 Modele
2009 Act Your Age
2009 The Angel
2010 Blue Curtain
2010 Dark Target
2011 La Fleu De Mai
2011 Undeserving


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