In 1965, he became a professional performer, subbing for Roberto Nascimento at the historic Opinião show in its São Paulo staging; in the same year, he participated in the also-historic Arena Conta Bahia. In 1966, he did the musical direction for Maria Bethânia's Recital. In 1967, he devoted himself to the study of music with Guerra-Peixe (piano, orchestration), Peter Daulsberg (cello), Ester Scliar (musical analysis), and Turíbio Santos and Jodacil Damasceno (violão) at the Pró-Arte. A low-profile member of the Tropicália movement, he started to write songs with Capinam in 1968. In that year, he wrote music for the films Macunaíma (Joaquim Pedro de Andrade) and O Dragão Da Maldade Contra O Santo Guerreiro (Gláuber Rocha). In 1969, he knew success with "Pulsars e Quasars," "Pula-Pula," and "Movimento Dos Barcos" (all with Capinan), and "Hotel Das Estrelas" and "Archaic Lonely Star Blues" (both with Duda). He recorded "Aquele Abraço" and "Cultura E Civilização" with Gilberto Gil
. He was also a musical director, arranger, and vocalist in Gal Costa's Cultura e Civilização. In the same year, his polemical participation in the IV FIC (Festival Internacional da Canção) with "Gotham City" was received under strong booing.
Macalé recorded the double-single Só Morto, with his song "Soluços" and others with Capinan and Duda. He also worked in Gal Costa
's album Le-Gal and the show Meu Nome é Gal, accompanying her in her subsequent Brazilian tour. In 1970, he wrote (with Waly Salomão
, then Waly Sailormoon) "Vapor Barato" and "Mal Secreto," both recorded by Gal Costa (who had also recorded "Hotel Das Estrelas"), while Bethânia had recorded "Anjo Exterminado" and "Movimento Dos Barcos," and Clara Nunes
recorded "O Mais-Que-Perfeito." "Vapor Barato" was the theme of the awarded film Terra Estrangeira in 1995 and was also re-recorded by the group O Rappa
. He also did the musical direction of Costa's show Deixa Sangrar and the soundtrack of the film A Rainha Diaba (Antônio Carlos Fontoura).
In the same year, he was invited to join Caetano Veloso
and departed for London, England. There, the Brazilians would play in the Queen Elizabeth Music Hall, also performing in Amsterdam, Paris, and Zurich. In 1971, he participated in O Demiurgo (Jorge Mautner
). In 1972, he worked on the arrangements and direction of Caetano Veloso
's Transa and released his first solo LP, Jards Macalé. In 1973, he promoted the show Banquete dos Mendigos, which was sponsored by ONU and also had Chico Buarque
, Milton Nascimento
, Jorge Mautner
, Raul Seixas
, Gal Costa
, and Dominguinhos. In 1974, Macalé released his second LP, Aprender a Nadar, with partnerships with Waly Sailormoon. In the same year, he did the soundtracks for the film Amuleto de Ogum (Nelson Pereira dos Santos), also working in it as an actor, and for the documentary Getúlio Vargas (Ana Carolina
). In the next year, he participated in TV Globo's Festival Abertura with "Princípio Do Prazer." The nationally touring show Sorriso Verão was very successful in terms of critics and public from 1975 to 1977. In 1976, Macalé worked with the historic Carioca malandro (street smart) Moreira da Silva in the Seis e Meia project. Two years later, they performed together again in the Pixinguinha project (touring nationally).
In 1977, Macalé did the soundtracks for the films Tenda Dos Milagres (Nelson Pereira dos Santos) and Se Segura, Malandro (Hugo Carvana) and arrangements for Na Ponta Da Faca (Miguel Farias). He also recorded the LP Contrastes. In 1979, Banquete Dos Mendigos (a double album recorded in the homonymous show and vetoed for six years by the military regimen) was released. He recorded and released some other albums, including the CD Let's Play That, with Naná Vasconcelos, recorded in 1984 and released in 1994. In 1998, he performed in the show which commemorated the 90th anniversary of Cartola's birth with Paulo Moura
in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Londrina, and Salvador. ~ Alvaro Neder, Rovi