Long bio - Liz Myers and John Trivers
A chance meeting in a Broadway orchestra pit between two musicians has led to a thirty-year songwriting and composing collaboration producing gold and platinum records, iconic TV themes and award-winning scores for films and commercials. Their first collaborative effort as a commercial scoring team began with the Apple Computer Macintosh launch in 1984 for Chiat/Day Advertising. Almost immediately John Trivers and Elizabeth (Liz) Myers were helping to create corporate identities for clients worldwide, such as American Express, Hyundai, Michelob, Nissan, and Tropicana. Their reputation became international as they traveled to Europe to write and record original scores for Aprilia, Ericsson, Opel and Nationwide Anglia.
From this auspicious beginning to the present, Trivers and Myers have created a body of work which continues to win awards. They have been part of the well-known United Airlines “It’s Time to Fly” animated campaign which began with the Oscar telecasts of 2005. This debut commercial, entitled “Interview”, earned Trivers and Myers the Clio for Best Music Adaptation for their arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Trivers and Myers continue to be the composers and arrangers of choice for this lauded campaign, which has also been given the Effy award, to BDM Advertising in Minneapolis, advertising’s highest accolade for campaign effectiveness. Several of these commercials have been inducted into the Museum of Modern Art permanent collection.
Additionally, Trivers and Myers have been given awards for other television commercial campaigns for numerous clients: Communication Arts (United “Heart” & “Sea Orchestra”); IBM “Fish” ® Siggraph award 2009 ©; Shoot Magazine’s #1 of its Top Ten (United “Hearts” AICP Finalist (United “Dragon” 2007); Chrysler (Image Campaign 1998); and Pioneer Electronics (“Bridge”, Grand Clio winner, 1995). International accolades include Polaroid’s “Dog & Cat,” (featured on the TV show “The Best Commercials You’ve Never Seen”) winner of the Gold Lion at the Cannes International Ad Festival, and first prize at the London Film Festival for Weyerhaeuser.
Simultaneously, Trivers and Myers are composing for film and television. Together with jazz pianist Alan Pasqua, they co-wrote the theme for the CBS Evening News, which ran for nineteen years while Dan Rather was the host. In 1993, music composed by Trivers and Myers contributed to the Academy Award nomination of Steven Kessler’s film “Birch Street Gym” (Chanticleer Films) in the Short Film category.
The next film they scored was “Broke Even” directed by David Feldman, which won the award for Best Drama at the 2000 New York Independent Film Festival. In 2001, Trivers and Myers composed the score for the Paramount/Showtime feature film, “The Day Reagan was Shot” an historical drama written and a directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh, who also penned the notorious ABC dramatization. The Path to 9-11″. The executive producer of “The Day Reagan Was Shot”, was Oliver Stone.
Trivers and Myers created the score for the controversial film “Hillary: The Movie”, screened by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark 2009-2010 campaign finance case. Justice Scalia found the music to be “compelling.”
Known as the composers who can also produce the “big” sessions, Trivers and Myers have worked to create exceptional performances for commercials with recording artists such as Eric Burdon, Sheryl Crow, Herbie Hancock, Lang Lang, Faith Hill and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Adapting to the digital age, Trivers and Myers have created various branding projects based on their pre-recorded and custom music. 3M, Acura, Cedars Sinai, Jeep, Merck, Nestle, Time Warner and Wells Fargo have all licensed works from their catalogs, published by Beautiful Babe Music/BMI. In 2010 Trivers Myers Music signed an agreement with the producers of the mega-hit “American Idol” for the duration of the show for the non-exclusive use of their popular CD entitled The Ultimate Piano Music Library.
JOHN TRIVERS was born in Buffalo, New York. Educated at the Hill School and at Hobart College, where he received a BA in Music, he has also studied Film and TV Post Production at UCLA. After college, he worked in New York as a studio musician and in pit orchestras on Broadway.
Trivers is an award-winning songwriter and musician, receiving gold and platinum records for his songwriting with Blue Oyster Cult and performing for Tina Turner. He played bass with many other Grammy winners, including Janis Ian, Mary Travers, Peter Allen, and James Moody. He was also a member of the Vancouver-based band Prism, signed with Capitol Records.
ELIZABETH MYERS is classically trained pianist and singer. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Masters Degree in Music from UNC Chapel Hill. She studied composition with Nadia Boulanger at the “Ecole d’arts americains” and later privately with Jacques Rouvier in Paris. On returning to the States, she was hired as the Musical Director of the Broadway show “Grease” in New York. She has also conducted members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in original scores on numerous occasions for films and other compositions. Myers is a co-writer on the hit song “Shakin’” by Eddie Money which received the BMI Millionair award for one-million performances. She teaches “Composition for Commercials” at UCLA Extension, a popular class which is part of the UCLA Certificate of Film Scoring program.