A Modest Proposal (AMP) existed between 1983-1993 and was a New wave, electronic, alternative pop band.
Bert van de Grift, Ton Coolen, Ludwig Adriaansen and Nicolet Theunissen, made a LP (‘A Modest Proposal’ – RBD 0100) in 1986. Later, Ludwig left the band and the remaining AMP members made a CD (‘Contrast’ – ANWO/BAR 999) in 1991. They played amongst others with Steven Brown, Neppy Noya and Marco Bakker. Although ‘famous in Utrecht, The Netherlands’, the big breakthrough never happened.
A Modest Proposal are: Ludwig Adriaansen: keyboards;Ton Coolen: guitar & Chapman stick, Nicolet Theunissen: vocals: Bert van de Grift: keyboards & percussion.
All songs on this LP created by A Modest Proposal(Except ‘Hamna’: Lyrics by Niek Hoorweg & AMP). Produced by Lasika Panyigay, Rutger van Straaten & AMP. Recorded at ‘T Zwembad/Nagual Amsterdam by Eduard Lampe & Pim Oostdijk. Mixed at the ‘Tempel Nijmegen. Cover Painting: Ed Bark, Lay-out & Logo: Marc. Photo’s Jeanine Theunissen.
Thanks to: Bernard, Edwin, Felix, Frank, Henk-Jan, Ingrid, Peter, tante Toos & and all others who showed confidence. Special thanks to: Mrs. J. van de Grift, STOA: Raadgevend buro voor de kunsten, Andreas Arti BV. Copyrights Rosebud Records, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
CD (‘Contrast’ – ANWO/BAR 999) – 1991
The CD (which is still available) is written, arranged, engineered, produced & performed by A Modest Proposal. A Modest Proposal are: Nicolet Theunissen: vocals, Various Little Instruments (VLI), recorder; Ton Coolen: guitar, Chapman stick, violin; Bert van de Grift: things with knobs & buttons, VLI, grand piano.
They were assisted by: Steven Brown: sax on “Tango”, clarinet & vocals on “Miccacuicatl”; Tjitse Vogel: double bass on “Couleur Locale (live)”; Michael Baird: drums on “Couleur Locale (live)”; Paul Weiling: sax on “Couleur Locale (live)”; Ludwig Adriaansen: organ on “Couleur Locale (live)”; Roland Spekle: VLI on “Sub”, “Klungg”, “Winds” & “Gull”; Allert Aalders: engineered & produced “Couleur Locale (live)”; Martijn Voorvelt: co-arranged “Leaves” & “Ponder on Me”.
All music recorded june/july 1991 at “The Plan”, Utrecht & Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht.
Thanks to: Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Academiegebouw RUU, Havic (Steven, Peter & Ernst), Saskia Rolsma, Bert & Marijke Theunissen, Karin Schussler, Ed, Nancy van de Grift-Sosef, Peter Knijnenburg, Stefan Rutten, Conductor: Arjen Bos, Members of USC & Utrechts Blazers Ensemble. Formgiving: The Neville Broddies.