Born in Israel in 1963 Gilad later studied jazz and composition at Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays clarinet, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone sax as well as instruments from his native land such as sol, zurna and flutes. Moving to England to study philosophy he became a member of the Blockheads and has recorded and performed with artists such as Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O'Connor and Paul McCartney.
As a band leader he has a powerful personal style that combines great bebop artistry and Middle-Eastern roots in a sophisticated, sometimes ironical manner. Gilad founded the Orient House Ensemble and began re-defining his own musical roots.