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Jonah Matranga


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Jonah Matranga is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who has released a variety of solo material under both his own name and Onelinedrawing, and has previously been part of the bands Far, New End Original (an anagram of “onelinedrawing”) and Gratitude.

Jonah Matranga grew up in and around Boston, Massachusetts. He left in 1987 to attend Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where he majored in English. After College, Jonah moved to Sacramento, where he lived for 8 years. Jonah married in April 1994, and his daughter was born that August. He divorced two years later. In 1999, he moved to the Bay Area to remain close to his daughter. He currently lives in San Francisco.
In 1991, Jonah formed Far with Shaun Lopez, Chris Robyn and Malcolm Keefe. Keefe left in 1993 and was replaced by John Gutenberger. Far made four albums before disbanding in December 1998. After Far’s breakup, Jonah began to perform under the name onelinedrawing, which had been the name of a cassette he had released on Kevin Seconds’s Pop Rockit Records.

Much of his solo material has also been self-published, though often subsequently distributed through labels such as Crank! and Corrupted Image. However, his two full-length onelinedrawing albums, Visitor (2002) and The Volunteers (2004) were released by Jade Tree Records. Matranga retired the onelinedrawing moniker in 2004, and he now intends to release all future solo releases under his name.


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