Marcos Valle has enjoyed a special career that has seen him experiment with new sounds as often as he has tried new looks and alterations to his outward appearance. Valle’s musical talents were noticeable from an early age. In high school he was already collaborating with other future talents such as Edu Lobo and Dori Caymmi. This trio would be the first of many musical collaboration over the span of his entire career.

One of the most fruitful of these collaborations was the one that Marcos Valle would form with his brother Paulo Sérgio Valle. He was the composer and his brother the lyricist and together they created a collection of songs that were enough to impress Odeon Records that he should be signed as a musician under their label. It was not too long before Valle would become well- known amongst established colleagues, such as Elis Regina and Nara Leao, all hoping to collaborate with the gifted musician.

His 1965 sophomore album, “O Compositor e o Cantor” was an instant classic and consolidated his status as one of the most prominent artists of the “second generation of bossa Nova.” The most popular song from this album was “Samba De Verão” (Summer Samba) or “So Nice.” This would be one of the highlights in his highly decorated career and would go one to be one of the most recognizable and influential bossa nova songs ever.

A year later a trip to the United States would see Valle join with Sergio Mendes in a premature form of Brasil 66’. For the next two years Valle would fly between the United States and Brazil. Upon returning to Brazil in 1968, Valle was going through a change in his musical style and world view. This would culminate in the album “Viola Enluarada.” Influenced strongly by Northeastern Brazilian music the album would feature markedly more political and social commentary and would effectively mark Valle’s departure from being strictly a bossa nova artist.

He would spend the rest of his career experimenting with sounds as diverse as funk, samba, psychedelic sounds, rock and pop. His adventurous approach to music, flamboyant attire, hairstyles and socially conscious lyrics led him to be labeled as a bohemian. The title would seem to be an appropriate one as his career would see him fuse his music with influences and sounds so broad it would appear unbounded.

1963: Samba “Demais” (Odeon)
1965: O Compositor e o Cantor (Odeon)
1966: Braziliance! (Warner/Odeon)
1968: Samba ’68 (Verve)
1968: Viola Enluarada (Odeon)
1969: Mustang côr de Sangue (Odeon)
1970: Marcos Valle (Odeon)
1971: Garra (Odeon)
1972: Vento Sul (Odeon)
1973: Previsão do Tempo (Odeon)
1974: Marcos Valle (Odeon)
1981: Vontade de Rever Você (Som Livre)
1983: Marcos Valle (Som Livre)
1986: Tempo da Gente (Arca Som)
1999: Nova Bossa Nova (Far Out)
2001: Escape (Far Out)
2001: Bossa Entre Amigos (with Roberto Menescal and Wanda Sá) (Albatroz)
2003: Live in Montreal (with Victor Biglione) (Rob)
2003: Contrasts (Far Out)
2005: Jet Samba (Dubas)
2008: Conecta: Ao Vivo no Cinematheque (live) (EMI)
2009: Página Central (with Celso Fonseca) (Biscoito Fino)
2010: Estática (Far Out)
2011: Valle Tudo (EMI)
2012: Anos 80 (Discobertas)
2012: Ensaio (Warner)