• Upcoming Events

    • Looking Back and Looking Forward: African-American Composers

      This program features world premiere performances of music by the four youth composers from Chicago‘s West Side who took part in Crossing Borders Music’s inaugural Young Composers Project! Plus, hear music by Black American composers of yesterday and today, including “Five Folksongs i...

      Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    • Cambodian Music: The Living Tradition

      As part of the Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago, Crossing Borders Music joins the National Cambodian Heritage Museum Traditional Music Ensemble for an amazing afternoon of new fusion arrangements of Cambodian classics! The performance includes beautiful new arrangements mad...

      Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Welcome Caroline Jesalva, violin!


    Caroline Jesalva is a violinist and vocalist traversing the worlds of classical music, improvisation and experimental music. Inspired by Dadaism, her music explores experimental theater, poetry, classical repertoire, and free improvisation. As a violinist, Caroline has most recently performed with A Far Cry, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Callithumpian Consort, and recently premiered a new opera by Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding, entitled Iphigenia. She has held fellowships with YellowBarn Young Artists, Bang-on-A Can, Black House Collective; and is a recent graduate of New England Conservatory of Music where she studied violin performance under the tutelage of Nicholas Kitchen (Borromeo String Quartet).

    She is the founder of Blind Glass ensemble, named the 2023 NEC Wildcard Honors Ensemble, which was created with the intention to build a collaborative space for musicians of all shapes and kinds. A passionate educator, she has taught at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School, and is currently on faculty at The People’s Music School in Chicago, IL. And we are thrilled to welcome Caroline as our newest core member of the Crossing Borders Music ensemble.

    Thank you Caroline and welcome!

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