Perfiles Sospechosos, 2007 NFA Commission, gets a makeover

In Chicago with flutist Marisa Olin (4th from left), Director Raphael Jiménez (center with Lorenz), and members of Michigan States Musique 21 before the Mid-Western premiere of Perfiles Sospechosos original version.
In Chicago with flutist Marissa Olin (fourth from left), Director Raphael Jiménez (center with Lorenz), and members of Michigan State's Musique 21 before the 2007 Midwest premiere of Perfiles Sospechosos. Photo by Mark Sullivan.

Minnesota native and flutist Marissa Olin will premiere a new and improved version of Ricardo Lorenz’s Perfiles Sospechosos on Sunday, April 18, at Michigan State’s Hart Recital Hall.  Originally a trio for flute, cello, and percussion commissioned by the National Flute Association, Olin will premiere a quartet version of Perfiles Sospechosos that incorporates bass clarinet.  “As soon as it was premiered in 2007 at the NFA New Mexico convention,” explains Lorenz, “I felt the work could greatly benefit from the addition of a low wind instrument to back up the cello and complement the flute’s high register, particularly in the last movement which calls for piccolo.  Only after I made the adaptation I realized that the new version sounds –and looks– like a piece for flute and  rhythm combo.”  Marissa Olin attended the NFA Convention’s premiere of Perfiles Sospechosos (Spanish for “suspicious profiles”).  She has performed the original trio version on several occasions and Lorenz created the new version especially for her.  For this premiere, Olin will be joined by cellist Callum Hall, bass clarinetist Remi Hamel, and percussionist Ty Forquer, who also appears in the photo above (left of Olin).