Christoph grew up with western classical music and is also deeply rooted in the percussive idioms of contemporary jazz and Afro-Cuban music. His artistic work oscillates between improvising and composing. As a pianist and in particular as a composer he assumes stimulating or critical stances by means of playfully confronting and fusing attitudes and mentalities. His pervading interest to bring different musical styles into a dramatic context is particularly evident in his speciality, to tailor his composed and improvised music tightly to theatre and radio plays, dance, films and his three speech-operas. Baumann teaches at the Music Universities of Lucerne and Bern and performs internationally with a variety of soloists and ensembles. Since the late 70s he has been noted for unconventional projects such as the Jerry Dental Kollekdoof, the Latin-experimental band Mentalities, Cadavre Exquis, Baumann Large Ensemble, Afro Garage and Hausquartett.