|Crystal Rose is the musical group of Lori Schneider and Jody
They met through an advertisement posted in a local music store, and a unique
connection was felt between them immediately during their first phone
conversation in November, 1993. Crystal Rose started performing as
a cover band in 1994 and began to slowly incorporate some original material
into their repertoire. In 1998 Joe Cesare joined the band as bass guitarist,
and in March 2002.
In addition to performing regularly at coffee houses, bookshops, festivals
and other venues which support original artists, they earned a place in the
finals of the WBAB "Homegrown" competition, and were semi-finalists in the
Long Island Music Festival in 1994 and 1996. They have opened up for national
acts such as Boston-based blueswoman Toni-Lynn Washington,
singer-songwriter Tom Paxton and 80's British pop-rock group Modern
English. Crystal Rose has also had the honor of singing the National
Anthem at Shea Stadium and performing in such venues as the IMAC theater
of Huntington and the John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra University.
Additionally, Crystal Rose has been mentioned in
Billboard magazine and was cited as one of Long Island's top
bands in Newsday.
The angelic harmonies of Crystal Rose are their musical signature,
and along with both playing acoustic guitars, Jody playing harmonica and
Lori playing flute, they continually strive to utilize these musical vehicles
to break out of categorical limitations.
If it were possible to create a musical category that combines pop, rock,
and folk with a dash of Celtic and Gothic, then maybe Crystal Rose
could find a home. Until then, they will remain in a category of their own,
perhaps best defined by those who listen.
Lori Schneider has been performing since an early age. She began
primarily as a vocalist with big bands singing standards in many influential
venues within the tri-state area. During the next several years she
performed in an array of rock and blues-oriented groups. After a longing
desire for artistic expression, Crystal Rose was formed 10 years ago.
Her talents as a songwriter, as well as her multi-instrumental capabilities
were explored and developed. She has formally studied classical guitar,
flute and piano over the past 15 years. The eclectic repertoire of Crystal
Rose is a result of the strong influences from classical, rock, folk and
world music. Between her musical endeavors Lori has managed to obtain college
degrees in both Business Administration and Psychology and graduated with
honors as Valedictorian. When not performing or writing, she is
committed to her private music teaching practice .
Jody Wexler has been interested in music and theatre for as long as she can
remember. She began playing the clarinet at the age of 11 and regularly
participated in theatre productions throughout her schooling. Her love
of creating vocal harmonies and collaborative singing was honed and developed
in school chorus and deepened further when Crystal Rose was formed. Jody has
taken some formal guitar lessons on and off over the years but is primarily
self-taught. Jody's wacky sense of humor brings out the comical side of
Crystal Rose. She enjoys using her voice in an unusual way
during performances. One of her most requested sounds is the "dog bark"
which can be heard on one of the "Weaver's Tapestry" tracks (Alley Park).
Joe Cesare has performed on both bass and electric guitars in a variety of
New York based bands in the last several years including "The Chester Brothers",
"Smokey Bones Band" and "Roses Cantina", to name a few. He played in the
road outfits "Sircus", "Synergy" and "The Cleftones" in the early nineties.