Producer, concert tour manager, promotor, founder of Vapaat äänet.
Charles Gil (b. 1964) is a producer who coordinates and manages concert tours, specializing in innovative and adventurous jazz music. After his removal from his native France to Finland, Gil founded the agency Vapaat äänet (Free Voices / Free Sounds) in Helsinki in 1996, to promote the exchange of jazz music between France, Finland and the Baltic countries.
Vapaat äänet came quickly to stand for originality and high quality, and for more than twenty years the tours co-produced by Gil with the Finnish Jazz Federation have given a recurring lift to the Finnish jazz scene. Vapaat äänet has brought a great number of French artists on tour to Finland, Scandinavia and the Baltic Countries. The astonishing number of one thousand concerts was topped in 2012. In turn, the agency has exported Finnish jazz to France and other countries on the European continent.