Three Red Crowns, formed as a trio in 2009, has since expanded to a nine piece ensemble and combines the most exciting and catchy aspects of jazz, classical, and rock, playing the epic, exhilarating compositions of founding members John Paul Carillo and Anna Meadors. In This Light, the group’s first album, was completed in 2012 at Mobtown Studios with Mat Leffler-Schulman, and has been played by radio host Sam Sessa on Baltimore’s 89.7 WTMD, New Music USA’s online station Counterstream Radio, and featured on 88.1 WYPR’s The Signal with Lisa Morgan. The track “Second Crown,” is featured on Flying Dog Brewery’s CD compilation, Flying Dog Music, Vol 1, Baltimore. Three Red Crowns is currently working on its follow up album, If Three Was Eight; the opening track “Landhorse” was included in Baltimore City Paper’s Local Music Playlist in the Big Music Issue (July 31, 2013), and the group is planning on taking this track and other new material on the road in 2015.
“Three Red Crowns is the brainchild of Anna Meadors and John Paul Carillo and is an up and coming Baltimore project which boasts an unexpected and expansive cast of instrumentalists. Three Red Crowns represents the best of Baltimore’s musical creative class. They are a genre baffling orchestra with rock and roll energy backed up by their palpable compositional and instrumental prowess.”
-Dave Dedionisio, Those Who Dig
“Very cool integration of modern classical elements and pop/rock. Very dynamic.”
-Ken Thomson, of Bang on a Can, Gutbucket and Slow/Fast
“A very fine project,” says John Zorn.
The Baltimore-based group Three Red Crowns specializes in what one might classify as long-form orchestral rock. The nine-piece band — led by co-composers Linganore High School and Baltimore’s Peabody Institute grad Anna Meadors and former New York City punk rocker John Paul Carillo — frequently plays at festivals, concert halls and other bar/arts venues, like The Windup Space in Baltimore. The group finished recording its first full-length album, “In This Light,” in 2012 and began working on its second, called “If 3 was 8,” in August with hopes to release it in 2014.
-Katie Crowe, Frederick News Post, see full article here or the pdf here
“Three Red Crowns, epic, good, orchestral, levitation, ecstatic, expansive jam. Good, good. Check them out.”
-Valerie Kuehne, curator of the Super Coda, NYC music series
“Sprawling and ambitious.”
-Megan Hamilton, Program Director of Creative Alliance
“I think your time would be better spent listening to John Carillo’s & Anna Meadors’ Three Red Crowns. It seems to be a mix of fuck if I know…but it’s good. A lot of talent there.”
-Bob Bradley, Headlock Press
“In The Right Light, at 8:15 literally made me yell out, ‘Oh!’”
Zach Herchen, NYC-based saxophonist
Landhorse was featured on Baltimore City Paper’s Big Music Issue 2013‘s playlist.
Our song “Second Crown” is featured on Flying Dog Brewery’s CD compilation, Flying Dog Music, Vol 1, Baltimore
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♦ Ruby Fulton, violin ♦ Evan Tucker, violin ♦ Caleb Johnson, viola ♦ Domenica Romagni, cello ♦ Andrew Histand, cello ♦ Jim Hannah, drum-set ♦ Rajni Sharma, vocals ♦ Anna Meadors, saxophones, compositions ♦ John Paul Carillo, bass-guitar, guitar, compositions ♦
Performance List (Baltimore, MD unless noted otherwise):
Contact us at contact [at] threeredcrowns [dot] com