As a child Gilles already had an irrepressible urge to express through singing, and by the age of fourteen had built his own guitar and started to compose his own songs. By sixteen he was singing in bars around Paris. As his musical development unfolded, Gilles studied other instruments including cello, violin, sitar, tablas as well as wind instruments such as trumpet and flutes, attaining a fluency in all of them. Eventually Gilles heard in Afghanistan a voice whose resonance was so rich that it carried even outside without the aid of a microphone. This triggered Gilles’ search to uncover that voice in himself and later in the students who have been attending his workshops over the years.