Sabine de Kerbriant

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Sabine playing rauschpfeife at PARF, 2012
Resides: Barony of Bhakail
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence
Azure, on a chief indented Or three pommes
Award & Office Badges
Order of the Salamander Troubadour Companion of the Order of the Silver Crescent Companion of the Order of the Maunche Companion of the Order of the Laurel


Sabine de Kerbriant (formerly Sabine Kerbriant de Lanvaux) first found the SCA in 1993, accidentally drawn in by the siren call of a friend saying "Hey, someone's dragging me to this weird dance practice thing and I want you to come too!" At the start of her SCAdian career she dabbled in a number of the classic activities, including heavy weapons fighting, fencing, and embroidery, and quickly learned not to mess with anything involving sharp points and/or long strings. Her primary interests are music (current favored instruments include gemshorn, rauschpfeife, crumhorn, recorder, and transverse flute), poetry and literature, manuscripts and early printed books, commedia dell'arte, dance, and archery, but she can easily be distracted by any interesting medieval or Renaissance art form -- especially the tasty ones. She is particularly fond of all things French. Sabine has served as a baronial officer of one sort or another since 1995 (including a five-year tenure as Baroness of Bhakail), has been director of the Bhakaili Branslers since 2007, and enjoys calling herself patroness of the commedia troupe I Zanni Illuminati. King Edward III and Queen Thyra II inducted her into the Order of the Laurel at 12th Night in Carillion on January 17, 2015.

Persona-wise, Sabine comes from minor Breton nobility somewhere vaguely circa 1300. She was fostered in a Parisian branch of the family, eventually becoming a lady-in-waiting to Dorren of Ashwell, an English baroness on pilgrimage. She spent some time receiving musical tutelage from first Maitresse Linette de Gallardon and then Magistra Rufina Cambrensis; more recent escapades are entirely her own fault and should not be blamed on any reputable musicians.

Sabine is married to Baron Nissim Aven Darmon, called Darmon; their daughter Isabelle, born in 2007, was known as the Marquesa of Black Icorndall from 2008-2013. She and her family are members of Dar Nafoura Hajjar (House of the Stone Fountain). Together with Margreþa_La_Fauvelle, her first apprentice, she performs as part of "Rondelay Music".

Offices & Positions

  • Queen's Bardic Champion, 2017
  • Director, Bhakaili Branslers (2007 - present)
  • Chatelaine, East Kingdom College of Perfomers (Oct. 2012 - Oct. 2015)

Bhakail baronial offices:

  • Baroness (June 2008 - June 2013)
  • Minister of Arts & Sciences (2004 - 2007, Sept. 2015 - present)
  • Chamberlain (~2001 - 2006)
  • Chronicler (1995 - 1999)


Order of the Laurel, Order of the Maunche, Order of the Silver Crescent, Order of Terpsichore, Order of the Troubadour, Queen's Honor of Distinction, Golden Lyre (as part of the Branslers), Order of the Salamander (Bhakail)

Projects, Publications, & Accomplishments

  • Event steward, Winter Nights South '17
  • "Music & Literature in Medieval Germany" director, Bhakail German Society demo '15
  • Performance class coordinator, Noisemakers '15
  • Music coordinator, Bhakail Yule '14 & '15
  • Arts classes coordinator, K&Q Rapier '14
  • Coordinator, Music Day on Artisan's Row, Pennsic XLIII & XLIV
  • Deputy event steward, Noisemakers '14
  • Conductor, Madame Brunissende's peerage ceremony music, '13
  • Chief officiant, Bhakail's Courts of Love, '08 - '16
  • Charter member, East Kingdom Stationers Guild, '06
  • Assistant editor, "Rediscovery: The Arts of War" - A&S special Pikestaff issue, spring '06
  • Organizer, evening concert at Noisemakers Schola, '05
  • Musical director, "Macbeth" - Known World Players Pennsic XXXIV production, '05
  • Finalist, EK Bardic Championship, '04
  • Songwriter, Carmen Orientalis - included in "Sing for the East" compilation, '04
  • Organizer, benefit concert at Southern Region War Camp, '04

Classes taught in the past/available to teach now:

  • Ars Antiqua: Experiments in 13th-Century French Polyphony (Musicians' Day '12)
  • Basic Recorder - for children or adults (Artisans' Day '14, Mudthaw '14, Raze a Village '10, Ivyeinrust demo/practice '05, numerous Branslers practices, etc.)
  • Contrafact/Filk ("Filking with History" with Judith Fitzhenry; "Introduction to Contrafactum, aka Period-style Filking" as solo teaching - EKU Day in the Guildhall '12; Beltaine Brew & Brawl '04)
  • Introduction to Crumhorns/Crumhorn Consort (Musicians' Day '10, Noisemakers '14, Pennsic XLIV & XLV)
  • Introduction to Troubadour & Trouvere Repertoire (formerly "Survey of Troubadour/Trouvere Melodies" - Noisemakers '05, '08, '09)
  • Listening Survey of Troubadour & Trouvere Repertoire (Pennsic XXXIX)
  • Songs Every East Kingdom Instrumentalist Should Know (Southern Region Spring War Practice '12)
  • Working with Instrumental Ensembles in the SCA (Noisemakers '05)