Thomas Milovac is a bassist, composer/improviser, arranger, bandleader, visual artist, producer, and founder of the Cosmo Sonic Collective. He is based in Orlando, Florida.
Thomas Milovac (b. 1997 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was born into a musical family and found a lifelong passion for performing and composing from an early age. He performed throughout middle school and high school band programs on various instruments including tenor saxophone, clarinet, piano, vibraphone, timpani, and the instruments closest to his heart, the double bass and bass guitar. Thomas was a member of various honor bands including All-District Jazz and Concert bands, the 2015 Florida All-State Jazz band, and the UCF All-Star Jazztet. He also founded, lead, and arranged for East Ridge High School's first jazz combo which received awards at state level MPA's and the Lake Side Jazz Festival in Port Orange, Florida. He was also th,e president of his high school's chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Upon graduating high school in 2016, Thomas went on to study at the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville, FL. At UNF, he studied under composer Gary Smart, pianist Lynne Arriale, and bassists Dennis Marks, Jason Lindsay, and Doug Wieland. Thomas also performed with UNF's Jazz Ensemble One, Jazz Combo One, the UNF Orchestra, the UNF Concert Band, and UNF Chamber Ensemble. He received the award of "Most Outstanding Musician" from the school of music every academic year. Thomas graduated from the school of music at UNF in the summer of 2020 with his B.M in Jazz Studies.
Thomas Milovac has continued to perform, record, and collaborate with artists across the musical spectrum since graduating. He has collaborated with artists such as: Ulysses Owens Jr., Ryan Devlin, Steve Cohn, John Lumpkin, Zoh Amba, Doc Handy, Syoma Klochko, Dominick Farinacci, Steve Swallow, Elizabeth A. Baker, Sean Hamilton, Majid Araim, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Renee Baker, and Jonas Van den Bossche. Thomas also is a member of the "pan-Florida improvisation syndicate" BONGUS, the Ryan Devlin Electric Band, and the Jacksonville based ensemble Madre Vaca. He also leads his own ensembles and projects to perform his original works including the Thomas Milovac Sextet and Trio, Maxiphony, and the Unit Colossus.
In 2018, Thomas Milovac created and curated the Backroom Series in Jacksonville, Florida. The series presented concerts of improvised and creative music in Thomas's home and various venues around Jacksonville. The series played hosts to artists such as Jack Wright and Ron Stabnisky, B|_ank, Zach Rowden, Majid Araim, and Adam Goodwin. The Backroom Series ceased in 2020 with a large archive of concerts on their YouTube page.
Thomas founded the Cosmo Sonic Collective in 2021 upon his move to his current home base of Orlando, Florida. Cosmo Sonic is a platform for artists around the world to present their vanguard work. The Cosmo Sonic Collective record label has focused on releasing works of improvised music. Artists that have released music on Cosmo Sonic include Paul* Hermansen, Syoma Klochko, and Taylor Rouss.