Pete Muller has been a resident artist at Caffe Vivaldi for over 10 years.
Some people know Muller as a pioneer in quant investing. Not as many know that, while he was emerging as a giant in the financial world, he was also busking in New York City subways, sharing his original and wholehearted songs with harried New York City commuters.
Muller, trained early in jazz improvisation and honing his skills hosting a songwriting circle in New York City, his music has captured the attention of such varied outlets as The New York Times and Forbes Magazine. Inspired by the likes of Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, and Elvis Costello, Pete's lyrics tend toward the honest and the straightforward and his latest album, Two Truths and a Lie, was produced by the Grammy-winning Rick DePofi.
Most recently, as a Berklee College of Music Trustee, Muller partnered with the music school and the City of New York to renovate and revitalize the storied Power Station Recording Studios in New York. With an emphasis on “reinventing” music education, the new facility will concentrate on continuing education for school-age children, teacher training, and providing internships to current Berklee students.
Do better. Keep going. Muller's message is as simple as it is inspiring.
Denise amazes and delights audiences from around the world with her warmth, unique artistic expression and exquisite musicality. Her music, rich with emotion and Latin-American textures, speaks to the human ear and heart, allowing concertgoers and listeners to experience commonalities of human experience transcending all cultural barriers. Through her music Denise strives to bring the harmony, warmth and joy embodied by Brazilian culture to the world.
Driftwood Soldier - this is not some nostalgic reproduction of an imaginary past or a feel-good celebration of a rosy future. It’s a bittersweet love song to an imperfect world, a lullaby that leaves you bleeding. Belle-Skinner - with a hauntingly beautiful, lilting soprano and innate sense of melody she crafts tales of songbirds, sirens and desert nomads - nuanced and layered stories which bridge the gap between past and present. Son of an opera singer and a poet, you might say Jeff Jacobs was bred for songwriting. Jeff has been winning over audiences since the release of his debut EP, “Enjoy The View” in 2010, of which several songs were featured on MTV's "Teen Mom 2." Dan Ricker, king of NYC loner folk, poet, and longtime host of the Under St. Marks Theater.
John Lander is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and music director. Aside from touring stateside and throughout Europe, John performs regularly in New York and also works as a dance accompanist at the Juilliard School, Columbia University's Barnard College and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Every Sunday evening, John hosts an open-invitation jazz jam session at Caffe Vivaldi. Bring your instrument, your friends and join in! No cover.