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Common Forms August Greene With Robert Glasper And Karriem Riggins

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Common has revealed that he has formed a new band called August Greene. Common will be joined by pianist Robert Glasper and drummer Karriem Riggins in the new group.

August Greene is set to release their self-titled debut on March 9 and has already debuted their first new track, "Optimistic," which features Brandy.

"August Greene actually formed before we chose a name, before we even knew it was a band," Common reveals. "Karriem, Rob and I go back many years. It was something natural. When I started working with them it was like, 'man, this feels like home,' and it felt new and fresh. We love working together. The music takes us all to new places and it just feels like, everything I want to be as a musician is within the group of August Greene."

Common has also signed on for a speaking appearance at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The appearance will take place on January 20 at 10 a.m. at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah and will be part of the National Women's March and the March on Main event in Park City led by Chelsea Handler.

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