'The Raw and the Cooked' (Le Cru et le cuit) is a set of highly contrasting miniatures written for the Hand-Dupre duo tour of South Africa in June 2004.
The pieces range from original compositions (The Cooked, Milonga, Alba) to more or less straight arrangements of songs by Mahler (Caught Between) and Schumann (Song Without Words). Many of the other pieces make reference to composers or guitarists that have a special relevance for the duo. Hot is written in the style of Django Reinhardt, The Raw is loosely based on the guitar style of Allan Holdsworth and Malabar Hill is built from snippets of a Mahavishnu Orchestra track. Tango Brawl (a Piazzolla homage) and One Female Dancer were originally sections from Spin (2002/03), a work for ensemble, dancers, video and electronics (funded by the Arts Council of England), which I wrote in collaboration with composer Tom Armstrong. The Hotel Kempinski uses part of a David Byrne groove and The Ajman is infused with Arabic influences. In concert, the set can be played complete or any number of the movements can be played in any order.