At the age of 16, Peter Torsiello had no idea that his song “Telephone’ll Have to Do,” written for his high school sweetheart, Liliana de Leon, would have such a large impact on their future. Not only did the song expose the musical chemistry of two talented artists, it was also licensed as a full feature for a 60 second spot in the primetime ABC series “Third Watch.” As their romantic relationship culminated in a marriage, Peter and Liliana’s musical connection was blooming into the popular Latin band Florypiedra. Combining Mambo and Flamenco into a style they called “Mambenco,” Florypierda has helped pave the way for many up and coming Latin musicians and have lent their craft to education and musical direction.
Recently, Peter and Liliana created a full evening presentation at the prestigious Herberger Theater with elementary school students from Phoenix, AZ. After teaching with the conservatory for over a year, Peter considers this to be one of his biggest accomplishments. Peter is also the Director of Music at Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church in Malibu, CA and leader of St. Paul the Apostle’s contemporary music group on Sunday evenings in Los Angeles. Furthermore, Liliana has released an instructional DVD on all aspects of Flamenco choreography. In 2009, Peter and Liliana won the Lennon Award for their Latin composition “Vamo Ya,” which they hope to one day license to television and film. Florypiedra continues to tour, and regularly plays at de la Cruz Bistro in Mesa, Arizona.