Jay Jaksonn | WMUK

Jay Jaksonn

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Eyes Back, Feet Forward Spring Concert of Dance by Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers set for May 2-4, will build on a collaboration between the 39 year-old modern dance company and Last Gasp Collective, a hip-hop/soul/jazz group founded by Jay Jackson in 2015. In the studio with Cara Lieurance, Wellspring's Cori Terry looks back at who she was when she came to Kalamazoo 4 decades ago, and how her personal mission has changed over time with the success of the company. The extra time and rehearsal required to collaborate with live musicians is worth it, she says, for the palpable energy live performance creates. Last Gasp leader Jay Jackson says the collaboration with Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers has been beneficial for the band, adding to his wide-ranging vision for the group.

The Spring Concert will be performed in the Wellspring Theatre of the Epic Center on Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm, Friday, May 3 at 8 pm, and Saturday, May 4 at 8 pm.


Last Gasp Collective

The Last Gasp Collective began just three years ago when two recently relocated brothers introduced themselves to Kalamazoo at open mic nights.  Now a 9-piece band that blends hip-hop, funk, soul, and jazz, the Collective has the flexibility to re-design itself for all kinds of occasions, from club gigs, to music festivals, to an evening at the theatre. Jay Jaksonn, Xavier Bonner, Joel Pixley-Fink, and Jordan Hamilton joined Cara Lieurance to talk about A Last Gasp Musical, describing it as " a seamless fusion of music, dance, drama, and visual arts".