Minimum Vital

Progressif Rock since 1982

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Charly Berna rejoint Minimum Vital qui redevient un quartet

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
  • Charly Berna : drums

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Minimum Vital is back as a quartet!

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Since 2011, the band had evolved as a trio. The idea at first, with the Eric’s come back on the bass, was to strenghten the “Vital Duo” formula, by mixing acoustic an electric in our music. It’s why jean-Luc focused at this moment on electro-acoustic guitars, among them the legacy Ovation double neck you can […]


Live in Rio Art Rock Festival (video) – 1996

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We are very proud today to present you the digital transfer from the Video captured on stage  in Rio Art Rock festival on sept 12, 1996. Minimum Vital in Rio de Janeiro (Rio Art Rock Festival 1996) PART I (duration 25:35) Minimum Vital in Rio de Janeiro (Rio Art Rock Festival 1996) PART II (duration […]