Music is the tenor of Haitian cultural life, carved out of the oppression of slavery and the desire to live freely, writes Haitian-American poet and scholar Patrick Sylvain. It represents a cultural ethos based upon human reality.

Wednesday marks one year since a magnitude-7 earthquake devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010, killing more than 230,000 people and injuring many more. Rick Loomis, a Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer for the Los Angeles Times, arrived in Haiti one…