Minimum Vital

Progressif Rock since 1982

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Founded in 1982 by the twin-brothers Thierry and Jean-Luc Payssan, the band Minimum Vital created a singular musical landscape, sophisticated and luminous.

Loyal heir from the classic progressive rock of the 70's, responsible of a massive discography (10 albums on french MUSEA label), and having toured outside of France and overseas, they are sailing between Rock music, Progressive, Celtic and Medieval: all of this reaching toward an imaginary folklore wich melted recently with some oriental influences.

A music of sharing.....

  • Jean-Luc Payssan : guitares, percussions
  • Thierry Payssan : claviers, percussions
  • Éric Rebeyrol : basse, pédalier, saz

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Saint Petersbourg (final version)

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This piece has a long history. It was part of the many stuff recorded by Jean Luc and myself during the year 1986, which preceded the recording of “Les Saisons Marines”. There have been several versions, never played live, until MINIMUM VITAL “retrospective” evening in Eysines, in October 1997. It was presented there as a […]


Thierry Payssan and the Korg “mini” MS20

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A while ago I’ve bought a Korg MS20 in its new mini version, relaunched by Korg. The MS20 model was the warhorse of my teens and I was very excited to have this old good tool back with me. I’ve found back its filters and oscillators. One minor thing: its size (86% of the original) […]