Yackez is the art pop/multimedia collaboration of Larissa and Jon Velez-Jackson, aka Twitta and Papi Jon. Formed in 2010, this married musical duo exists as both a celebration and critique of popular culture, politics, urban mentality and most notably, itself. They’ve self-released multiple albums of original material, and in 2019 they took the inevitable leap into podcasting with their show Life Advice.
Jon Velez-Jackson is a songwriter, writer and full-time journalist. He is also an avid pro-wrestling aficionado and the band wrestling coach. Larissa Velez-Jackson is a NYC-based choreographer, multi-platform artist and the director of LVJ Performance Co. She is also a senior fitness specialist and movement/wellness educator, incorporating elder dancers in Yackez’s work. In 2016, she was nominated for a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and was awarded the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Grant to Artists award.
For more information about upcoming performances and to listen to their music and podcasts, as well as supporting their current and future projects, please visit yackez.com.