Accordion-piano duo to play lunchtime concert

The musical duo Peregrine Road will perform a Noon Tunes concert Jan. 26 as part of the university's Spectrum Arts Series.


The concert will take place at noon in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall. It is free and open to the public.


The artists in Peregrine Road are Rachel Bell on accordion and Karen Axelrod on piano and accordion. These seasoned and versatile musicians are a power duo with an incredible range of styles, including energetic Celtic reels, beautiful waltzes, French village dance tunes, lively originals, English country dance tunes and blues riffs.


They pepper each concert with outrageous travel stories and interesting tidbits about multicultural traditions, adding an educational and entertaining dimension to each performance.


“We're really excited Peregrine Road is coming to campus,” said Dr. Joshua Groffman, assistant professor of music. “I first got to know Rachel Bell as a star of the local music scene, she gets up to such a diverse range of activities and she and Karen Axelrod put on a great show.”


Bell plays accordion in several musical groups with her tone-chambered Beltuna accordion. She released her debut solo album, “Tone Chamber,” in 2016.


Axelrod plays piano at English, American and Scottish dance events around the country. She also plays accordion with the group 3rd String Trio, a band that plays old-world café music, and Orion Longsword.


Spectrum performances are presented by the Division of Communication and the Arts.