Sound Sculpture Workshop With Ryan Edwards of Masary Studios

Event Date: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Location: Canal Convergence Storefront | MAP IT!

Admission: Free with RSVP

Be a part of the sonic landscape of Sound Sculpture!

In this workshop, artist Ryan Edwards of Masary Studios will provide an overview of his Canal Convergence installation Sound Sculpture, including how the piece works and how he approaches making music and light scores for this location-aware, physical-musical instrument. The workshop will also address how the piece’s sound design relates to contemporary sound sampling and beat production.

During the workshop, attendees will sample sounds on site and quickly make electronic, virtual instruments together. Finger snaps become a snare drum. Stomping feet become a bass drum. And maybe a squeaky door becomes a synthesizer.

Participants will then go out into Scottsdale and find sounds — any kind of sounds — and record them with their phones or another device and send them to Edwards for inclusion in a crowd-sourced score for Sound Sculpture that will debut at Canal Convergence Nov. 9–18.

Canal Convergence Launch Party Featuring Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Event Notes:

  • General admission and standing room only.
  • We encourage all patrons to RSVP for the event.
  • Attendees should wear comfortable shoes, layered clothing for outdoor event.

Event Date: Thursday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m.

Location: Soleri Plaza, Scottsdale Waterfront

Admission: FREE

Join the biggest arts-centered party in the Valley at the Canal Convergence 2018 Launch Party! The night includes a concert by recording artists Dirty Dozen Brass Band with the Sara Robinson Band opening. You’ll also be able to preview all the artworks and experience the first firing of the Floatus fire show by Phoenix’s own Walter Productions before Canal Convergence officially starts. Local favorite food trucks will be on site and beverages will be available for purchase from the Two Brothers Beer and Wine Tent.

Soleri Plaza is at the Scottsdale Waterfront on the west side of Scottsdale Road, just south of Camelback Road.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Celebrating over 40 years since its founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including bebop jazz, funk and R&B/soul. This sound, described by the band as a “musical gumbo,” has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across five continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists, from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world-famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.

Sara Robinson Band

The Sara Robinson Band delivers a solidly rock ‘n’ roll sound, influenced by legends like Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, but twisted through a modern filter. From heavy rockers to emotional ballads, this Valley-based four-piece performs music that is both epic and deeply felt.


Throughout all 10 days of Canal Convergence, Scottsdale Public Art will present a range of educational activities, hands-on workshops and family-friendly events at the Scottsdale Waterfront and various locations around Scottsdale. Descriptions of activities and workshops, dates, times and locations coming in September.


In the midst of experiencing cutting-edge public art, performances and workshops, visitors will also be invited to learn all about the artists of Canal Convergence 2018 in a series of artist talks at the Scottsdale Waterfront and various locations around Scottsdale. More information about artists, dates, times and talk locations coming in September.


Live outdoor dance performances will take place during Canal Convergence. More information about performers, dates, times and locations coming soon.