Gilles’ versatility on 4, 5 and 6 string electric basses, string bass, his skills and sharp-eared adventurous musicianship positions him as one of the most in demand musicians locally and abroad.
Gilles has melded a vast musical experience into a highly individualized musical signature. He is extremely fluent in most languages of music from world beat to jazz and has worked as a professionally for over 30 years as a performer, band leader, composer, producer and educator.
Gilles has melded a vast musical experience into a highly individualized musical signature. He has performed and/or recorded with jazz greats such as Clarke Terry, Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Bud Shank, Denzal Sinclaire, Eddie Henderson, Kenny Wheeler, Bobby Hutcherson, Peter Appleyard, Marvin”Smitty”Smith, Terri-Lynne Carrington, Bucky Pizzarilli, Kevin Eubanks, Attila Zoller, Christian Escoude, Paquito D’Rivera, Phil Nimmons , Steve Coleman, Stanley Cowell, Rob McConnel and PJ Perry to name a few.
In addition to leading his own distinctive Sextet and funk/R&B band Ego Spank, he has performed and recorded with diverse local groups and talents such as The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, The Winnipeg Symphony,Rainbow Stage productions,Winnipeg Blues legend Big Dave Mclean, Papa Mambo,Marco Castillo and among countless others.
He is at home with all styles of music supporting such artists as the MariJosée, Daniel ROA, Cara Luft, JD Edwards The Duhks,, John K Samson, Steve Bell, as well as children’s entertainers Jake Chenier, Al Simmons and Fred Penner.